A trip to White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The white sand contrasted against New Mexico's deep blue sky makes for wonderful photographic opportunities. The white sand may also fool your camera to underexpose and you'll end up seeing gray sand on your camera's LCD. I compensated by overexposing anywhere from 1/2 to 2 stops. I think it worked out okay. What do you think?
The first one is very nice, balance between the plant and the clouds is nice, and there is a structural similarity between the leaves and the sand. Exposure seems spot-on. Only problem I see is that the shadow of the plant is cut, making the picture seem incomplete.
The second one is probably a bit underexposed, and compositionally rather empty. Don't like it nearly so much as the first one.