Emil Davidzuk  

Dust Storm in Death Valley by Emil Davidzuk

April 2021 - Dust Storm in Death Valley

April 2021 - Emil Davidzuk


About the Image(s)

Seems crazy to chase a dust storm but the outcome was worthwhile.

Workflow: I used PS and Silver Efex Pro and then LR filters plus adjustment brush to get the toning I wanted. I cropped the foreground some to focus on the dust stormShot with Sony A7RIII 100-400 mm at 126mm f4 lens, f11, ISO 500, 1/2000 sec, and 0 EV.

5 comments posted

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
I like your image this month, Emil. I never see dust storms like this in Minnesota, so I find the image has a curiosity about it for me. I find an excellent broad tonal range and exceptional control of highlights. There are several layers of varying tones and textures starting at the bottom of the frame to the top, so the image has depth. Lastly, you have an active sky with cloud formations to tie it all together.

I have to say I have no corrections or helpful edits to suggest. Thanks for sharing a great image. Your editing work is inspirational.

LuAnn   Posted: 04/08/2021 11:36:45

Leah Konicki   Leah Konicki
Emil, this is an amazing image - so ethereal and capturing the mystic quality of the desert. That's my first impression, and my second, and my third. The B&W conversion/editing really enhances those qualities. I guess I wouldn't have known it was sand (but what else could it be, I suppose, in a desert?) but I am not sure it matters to me as a viewer that much.

By the way, I totally get chasing the storm. I'm more of the school of, who wouldn't?

Very nice, thanks for sharing.   Posted: 04/10/2021 09:33:28

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Emil,

I didn't have to read the title to know the image was taken in Death Valley. So many people think the desert is sunny and blue sky, but dust storms and rain are actually more frequent than you think. I've been there many times, but haven't captured a dust storm this interesting. I like what you did. It makes me think of what the first pioneers had to endure crossing Death Valley. Crusty earth, no water, and then dust storms to make things even worse. Looking at your image sends a chill up my spine! I'm going there in June and let's hope my car doesn't break down!

Overall, very evocative. Good processing.   Posted: 04/11/2021 23:16:46

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
I have never been in a dust storm, nor have I seen one first hand. After looking at this image, I plan to continue avoiding them.

It is a fascinating image. At first, I didn't recognize it but a quick glance at the description identified it immediately. I love the range of tones that you have created in your image. So, I decided to try it myself. That's a way that I learn new techniques. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 04/13/2021 14:06:17
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Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Emil and Oliver. I like your edits bringing out excellent tones in the sky, mountains, dust and foreground.. I do prefer Olivers that removes the distracting noise and smooths out the tones in the image, but I like even better that Emil was able to capture the storm with an interesting sky and beautiful composition.   Posted: 04/17/2021 17:51:46


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