One thing I learned from my journey to Death Valley is that shooting sand dunes isn’t easy. My original intention was to come away from this trip with several classic, black & white, abstract images of dramatically side-lit dunes, just like the old (photography) masters. But, that is not how things turned out.
As I mentioned in my initial Death Valley post, I was really taken by the colors of the desert, which, frankly, I have not been prepared for. Nor was I prepared for the quality of light that I experienced in the dunes at either end of the day, when the sky is still bright, but there is no direct sun on the dunes. It is during these times that the subtle colors of the desert become apparent. I was fortunate, also, that the dunes were not simply a yellow monotone as I had expected as recent rains in the valley had not been fully absorbed, leaving patches of darker sand that helped to further define the shapes of the dunes.
The images in today’s gallery were all captured in the Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells, primarily during those times of “in between” light.
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