Mono Lake’s Navy Beach is dominated by fields of sage that take on a backlit glow late in the afternoon. I cover almost the entire frame with this sage, almost filling the image with its glowing flowers. I bring my top edge down to almost touch the distant mountains, creating tension between those peaks and that edge. By pushing down on the mountains, I force the viewer’s eye deep into the image. Unless there is spectacular color or striking clouds in the sky, I rarely, if ever, use much of it in my compositions. An empty sky pulls the eye up and away from the content below it. This is an empty sky, and so we see very little of it.