Last week was spent in Shark Bay, the most westerly point in Australia and where Dirk Hartog landed nearly 400 years ago. I travelled with the Ninety Degrees Five (ND5) boys: Christian and Michael Fletcher, Tony Hewitt and Les Walkling. Michael was already up in Shark Bay working on another project, so the remaining four met in Perth and drove the ten hours north.Tucked away in Shark Bay - which is absolutely huge and covers several hundred square kilometres - is a salt mine. Not quite sure if I should call it a salt mine - salt field is probably a better description. The giant pools simply sit under the sun and gradually the waters evaporate, leaving salt which is collected and shipped to Japan. As the pools change in salinity, their colour also changes and from the air you can see a great mosaic of colourful shapes. The straight edges of the mine contrast with all the other shapes and patterns in an otherwise wild and natural environment. The salt fields inside their earthern walls can look relatively flat and uninteresting when captured, but if you add in some contrast, you'll find lots of interesting textures. This is what I have done to the image. However, I have only applied the contrast to the salt fields, not the embankments between. I have also applied different amounts of contrast to different fields, creating a brushed metal look - except for the small blue field in the middle.It was interesting to shoot these fields with the other photographers. We flew two at a time in a light plane, covering similar areas but at slightly different times of day, heights and angles. I've seen Tony and Christian's images from this area and they are amazing - and highly colourful. This may suggest why I have gone for an uncharacteristically soft colour palette!To view the original file before to was processed, visit the home page on the Better Photography website -

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