Don Crow  

Untitled by Don Crow

January 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

I guess I’m encroaching on Jack’s territory with this image. Jack gave me some excellent tips for our trip to Death Valley so go easy Jack!
Our hotel in Stovepipe Wells was near Mesquite Flats so we went there several mornings. You had to get there early hoping the wind had removed the footprints of the previous day and before the hordes arrive for the day. I think most visitors goal in life is to hike to the top of the dunes. Fortunately very few are out for sunrise. To our surprise we saw much larger dunes in Nevada than in Death Valley.
This is a 5 shot HDR, processed in Photomatix, Photoshop, and Silver Efex.
Camera 7d mii
Canon 24-105mm lens at 24mm
F/16 at 1/4sec, ISO 100

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
To me, this is a very dramatic image. The clouds in the sky in contrast to the sand dunes, along with the plants growing from the sand dunes, all work well together to make this a very interesting image. I find that I have a great deal to look at, to study, in the image to ensure I have found all that is there.

To my eye your processing was also very effective in bringing out the best in the image.

This is one I would be happy to hang on a wall - though, depending on the color scheme of the room I might use a slight sepia tone to the image.

Thank you very much for sharing it with us Don.   Posted: 01/02/2020 19:45:40

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
This reminded me of some of my own images, and gave me a feeling of yearning to go back, Don. There are so many ways to approach sand dunes, and you've gone with the wide landscape here, which works because of those beautiful clouds, and the way the eye can ride the crest of the dunes back into the image. I usually try to avoid the mountains in my DV sand dunes, but I think here it was worth including them with that sky.
Very nice, and I'm glad you had a good trip and managed to avoid the footprints!   Posted: 01/03/2020 13:17:59

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I agree with Ed that there is a lot to look at in your image, Don. I really like the contrast between the bright and darker sand. The clumps of trees add interest as well. I enjoyed your efforts to avoid foot prints. Well done on a lovely image.   Posted: 01/11/2020 15:59:55

John Erve   John Erve
Don, I like this image and can see that your emphasis is on the landscape in which the sand is in rather than just the sand itself as Jack seems to emphasize. I like the composition that gives depth with the sand dunes leading me into the picture. I enjoy how the sand dunes are lit from the side from the right at a low level so that there are a range of tones throughout which makes for a very effective BW. You were lucky to have some clouds that complement that sand with their smooth flowing shapes. Only suggestion is to darken the top left corner cloud as it is particularly bright and draws my eye up to it which is away from the central scene. Thanks for sharing it.   Posted: 01/22/2020 20:08:13

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
There is so much to look at here Don! I love it! Fabulous in B&W! The curve takes you right through the image, with much interest either side - then the lovely clouds really add interest at the top.

A truly fabulous landscape! Loved admiring it! Thank you.   Posted: 01/27/2020 11:00:31