— Dane Creek

Mesquite Flat Dunes, Death Valley, CA

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II with 1.4x. 280mm, ISO 100, 1/250 sec @ f/8.0.

As promised in my previous post here’s a photo from the Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley, CA. I was apprehensive about shooing here as the world doesn’t really need more photos of rippling sand rolling across dunes. We saw many of those during the portfolio review, some better than others, but to borrow a term from JP I was suffering from dune fatigue.

At any rate, when shooting the dune field I really tried hard not to photograph the dunes. Instead I worked to make the dunes a supporting act for something else in the frame.

The above photo was taken while shooting with Glenn, a friend from Antarctica last year. We saw this scene from about 20 minutes out when walking and spent our entire shoot in and around it. I have at least 20 frames of this little scene from various angles and distances. But the second was the best!

Have you ever photographed sand dunes? What did you do to make them special?