Tall Tales From The Field

Death Valley’s Eureka Dunes- Part 1

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!

 

The sun struggles to appear through the clouds at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

The sun struggles to appear through the clouds at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Death Valley's Eureka Dunes

 

Shifting patterns and lines of sand at the Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Shifting patterns and lines of sand at the Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Shifting patterns and lines of sand at the Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Shifting patterns and lines of sand at the Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Shifting patterns and lines of sand at the Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

There are actually people at the top which gives you a sense of scale. I was about a 1/3 of the way up

 

Shifting patterns and lines of sand at the Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Death Valley's Eureka Dunes

 

Shifting patterns and lines of sand at the Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Storm clouds threaten Eureka Valley at Death Valley National Park, California

 

 

 

 

6 responses

  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?

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    November 6, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    • 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.

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      November 6, 2015 at 11:06 AM

  2. Amy

    Are you on NalGeo assignment, Michael? Awesome shots!

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    November 6, 2015 at 1:04 PM

  3. Beautiful textures, both in sand and clouds.

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    November 6, 2015 at 7:46 PM

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