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Photo of the Week 177 Cramer Imaging's professional quality landscape photograph of a dead tree in weeds on a lava plain at Craters of the Moon National Monument Greetings once again photography fans.  It's another Friday morning and I know you've been looking forward to it.  The reason?  We reveal our pick for this week's "Photo of the Week."  Now that it's here, we present this black and white photo of a dead tree on a lava plain.

Here's a photo which cost me a long and exhausting hike to get.  It was straight uphill.  There were no switchbacks or anything to make the steep climb easier to do.  There wasn't any shade either.  It was one long and hot hike up on black lava rock to the top of the hill for this shot.

In case you are wondering, this photo was taken at Craters of the Moon National Monument.  It's a volcanic area a little east of Blackfoot in Southeastern Idaho.

I made this hike by myself as my spouse was already tired from trying for other shots in the area.  My bag got heavy part way through the hike.  I left my tripod down at the car because I knew that it would be extra weight which I didn't want to deal with.

The view from the top of the hill was something to behold.  You could see for several miles around over the plains of hardened igneous rock.  Sadly, the view was not as picturesque as I was hoping it would be.

Not wanting to waste the hike up, I started looking around for another option to photograph.  I didn't want tourists in the shot but they were clustered on one side of the hilltop so they weren't a problem.  I spotted this dead tree stump and decided to try it out.

The gnarled and dead limbs still reaching and clawing up towards the sky was a great, if not perfect, contrast to the dark backdrop of the lava plain behind.

When processing up this photo, it just didn't work in black and white.  I tried to get it to work but it wouldn't.  Then I tried desaturating the shot.  The black and white look worked where the color had not.  It even reminded me of a popular foreboding destination from popular culture.  That is why this landscape photograph carries the name "Into Mordor."

Cramer Imaging's professional quality landscape photograph of a dead tree in weeds on a lava plain at Craters of the Moon National Monument