After I endured the buzz over of that fighter jet, I headed up the sand dunes. Hiking sand dunes with camera gear can be exhausting. The key is to hike on firm sand, not the soft stuff. A cloudy day was producing flat light. With flat light, you don’t get any shadows which is vital to bringing out the ripples in the sand. However, there was a dark soot or dirt embedded in the sand that provided some good contrast that made these images pop!
6 responses to “Death Valley’s Eureka Dunes- Part 1”
The 2nd to last image is really interesting. It looks like a bird (or jet) in flight, kind of mimicking your buzzed experience. It is also disconcerting how you lose your sense of scale on a barren landscape. What I am wondering is where the heck does the soot you mention come from?
Thanks Susanne. I concur with your mention of the 2nd to last pic. There is a lot of abstractness at these dunes. I had never seen the dark soot you see in the sand. It must be a heavier dirt that is blown into the sand but because it is heavier, it tends to stay on top.
Are you on NalGeo assignment, Michael? Awesome shots!
Thanks Amy. I wish I was on assignment for Nat Geo!
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you should be… NG is on the Instagram.
Beautiful textures, both in sand and clouds.