— Dane Creek

Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley, CA

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II. 135mm, ISO 400, 1/160 sec @ f/8.0. 

Sometimes the shots just don’t work out 🙂

On our second trip to the Mesquite Dunes, this time for sunrise, I was walking out among the dunes before the sun came up and saw a promising curve and bush. I looked at their position, looked at where the sun would rise, and figured if I waited patiently the sun would bathe them both in beautiful light.

So I grabbed my gear, hiked to the top of a dune, set up the camera on a tripod, and waited. And waited. And waited. 30 minutes in the freezing cold for the sun.

Then the sun came up, and I took the photo. And… it just wasn’t very good. What was a solitary bush nestled nicely in a curve was really a bush surrounded by other bushes. Perhaps if I had Photoshop CS5 with context-aware editing I could fix the photo *grin*. Alas, it was not to be.

Have you ever waited patiently for the right alignment of light and subject, only to realize after taking the shot it wasn’t as good as you thought it would be?