Jamie Carrier  

Bob in the Dunes by Jamie Carrier

March 2020 - Bob in the Dunes

About the Image(s)

I took this in the White Sand Dune National Park. I noticed my husband ahead of me, he was so solitary looking for his spot as the sun was getting low in the sky on a rather cloudy day. I turned it B and W as that gave it a lonely feel. Let me know what you think.

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7 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
A beautiful, meditative picture. I assumed it was snow at first, that he was carrying a snowboard. I don't think it matters that that was my first impression. I love the lonely, meditative feel, the low angle, the sense that soon he will crest the top of that climb and then see a new vista below him. Great job!
You could experiment with adding a little contrast to differentiate sky from sand, but I'm not sure that would add anything.   Posted: 03/08/2020 14:41:46
Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Thank you Alison.
I'll work on the sky. I always appreciate your comments!   Posted: 03/16/2020 11:53:57

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Yes, very atmospheric. Maybe that's was the effect you were aiming for, but I don't think that, apart from the figure, anything is sharp or in focus. The softness at the top of the dune at the left and right I find strangely uncomfortable - but that's just me. Have you another version of this image that is sharper?   Posted: 03/15/2020 09:18:00
Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I'll look Andrew. I'm thinking this was the best of the few I could capture in just a few minutes. Thanks!!!   Posted: 03/16/2020 11:52:33

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Jamie, often simplicity is better - and this image proves it! The simplicity of the sand dunes, the muted sky, and Bob trudging up the dune in all that vastness is the essence of solitude.

I judge from the way Bob's tripod is pointed that he is walking toward the right side of the frame. That being so, I would have allowed more space on the right and cropped in on the left so that Bob has space to walk into towards the center of the image.

Another thought is to crop some of the sand dune in the foreground but, on further thought, maybe not. The expanse of the sand dune and the immensity of the cloudy sky give the viewer a feel of what it is to walk in that huge Colorado landscape of miles and miles of trackless sand (which I have had the good fortune to do also).

Nice, nice nice.   Posted: 03/16/2020 11:32:36
Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
Thanks Henry! I agree with your comments about Bob being a little more central and having someplace to walk. I'm trying to remember, and I could be wrong, I'm thinking there was grasses to the right. I'll have to go back and make some changes. It's a great place!   Posted: 03/16/2020 11:51:34

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I like this picture. There is something going on with the left side of the horizon blurring into the sky. I might try to crop that and it looks like you gave the subject more room on the left. A great mystery photo   Posted: 03/18/2020 14:19:41