"Planned," in fact, is the operative word. That and "patience." Kaspar had shot a similar picture years before, but lost it in a hard-drive crash and wanted to remake his original. Then, in late 2004, he learned that heavy rains in Death Valley had created a shallow lake -- essentially a giant, salty, mud puddle. Rather than rush to capture the sunset reflected in this strange body of water, he waited. And waited. And waited. A year later, the lake finally dried up, and Kaspar spent a week shooting the effect.