When I was compositing the shot, I saw a pickup truck driving along the dirt road of the valley in the distance. I decided to wait a couple of the minutes until the truck became more recognizable so I could use it as the reference point for my composition.
The primary challenge for me was a very strong wind at the top of the hill where I was standing. For better stability, I had to apply some extra pressure to my tripod using my body weight. Also, I had to keep wiping the front of the lens every couple of minutes because of the sand particles in the air.
First, I used the Crop Overlay to straighten up the photograph.
I used the process I outlined in the article: How to Straighten a Photo in Lightroom.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (13, 21, 23, 32)
In Photoshop,all I had to do is to boos the details and apply noise reduction.
Total Time: 10min