Photographing sand dunes

White Sands New Mexico

White Sands New Mexico

Peter and I have been fortunate to visit many different types of sand dunes.  Some of our favorites are the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley, the Great Sand Dunes in Southern Colorado near Alamosa, and White Sands in New Mexico near Las Cruces.  We visited White Sands over the holiday weekend on a beautiful (and photographically challenging) sunny day.  I decided to use a very long telephoto lens and see if I could capture light and shadow from the different shapes of the dunes.  It was difficult. Continue reading

Photographing Natural Abstracts – Sand Dunes

Sand Dune Abstract

Sand Dune Abstract

Last week Peter wrote about his favorite dune.  To be honest, I just don’t get it.  But it really doesn’t matter, we all have our “things”.  For me, I can spend hours in the sand looking for abstract patterns and shapes. Continue reading

A Weekend in Death Valley National Park

Badwater Sunrise Reflection

We have been to Death Valley, CA the last two Decembers and plan to go again this year, weather and schedule permitting.  The trips were very different, both for how the Valley looked, but also how we planned and approached the trip and how our photography skills changed from 2009 to 2010.

Death Valley is a place of extremes.  It is the largest National Park in the contiguous United States.  It includes Badwater Basin, at 282 feet below sea level, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere.  It is the hottest place in  the USA with summer temperatures reaching 120 degrees.  Many sites in Death Valley invoke evil or the devil:  Dantes View, Devil’s Golf Course, Badwater, Devil’s Cornfield, and Furnace Creek to name a few. Continue reading