Dave Ficke  

Kelso Sand Dunes by Dave Ficke

November 2020 - Kelso Sand Dunes

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken at the Kelso sand dunes in the Mojave Preserve. This is a 5 image pano taken with a Nikon D800, 70-200mm lens set at 190mm. 1/640 sec at f11 and ISO was 640. I was using a tripod with a pano mount because I wanted more precise stitching and overlap. This was taken towards sunset and the color of the sand dunes was striking.
After stitching together the images I was disappointed in the sky so I tried desaturation of the blue sky and it worked better for me. I brought down the highlights and opened up some of the shadows.

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9 comments posted

Matt Conti   Matt Conti
This is a study in light and shadow that comes together very well. The pano serves this purpose to extend the lines of the dunes and exaggerate the shapes in an attractive manner. I think you did a pretty good job with what you had in the sky to put the focus on the dunes. My only suggestion would be to bring down the highlights on the very left side of the dune which look a bit overexposed. Cool pano!   Posted: 11/12/2020 20:22:58

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Thank you and yes I probably could take down the highlights down a bit.
Again thank you   Posted: 11/12/2020 22:16:08

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
The composition and the sand dunes are really well captured. The highlights in the left could be slightly reduced but I am fine with how they are. To me the sky is an issue. The sunshine on the dunes and their color suggests happyness, while the grey sky sadness. If you changed the original color anyhow, did you try with different other colors? Like red-oranges typical for sunset, or dark blue, or any other?   Posted: 11/13/2020 00:54:29

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I stared at this a long time just taking in the expanse that you have captured. I would be interested in what time of day this was taken. I assume the sun was behind you? The gray is just OK for me.....but since I am not sure what you changed it from hard to say whether it looks better this way. Some of it may just be personal preference.

I love the sand dunes and the shadows and light playing off all the dunes. How would it look as a Black and White or perhaps Sepia? Just trying to think of possible variations that would be attractive. If you want to post one in a response with the original sky color it is easy to do so using the Choose File option. We might all feel differently if we saw the original color. I love the dunes though!!!   Posted: 11/13/2020 13:39:06

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Well everyone - So I have been reading the comments and so I am going to submit some images. I guess what challenges me is the clouds - that there not as dynamic as I would like so that is why I desaturated the sky. Anyway here is the original and a B&W   Posted: 11/14/2020 10:49:21
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Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I love the saturated sky! Black and whites not bad, but you lose the dynamic nature of the dunes imho.   Posted: 11/17/2020 07:28:12

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
The sun is pithing 1/2 hr or so from setting and it is about 90 degrees to the left   Posted: 11/14/2020 10:49:38
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Debbie Bates   Debbie Bates
This is a great pano of the dunes. Love the play of shadows. I cant make up my mind which I like better the color you submitted or the true color. Unique within itself. Good job!   Posted: 11/14/2020 18:06:49

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
The texture, light and shadow of the dunes are very beautiful and well captured. I would try to darken the sky or make the background dark so the dunes may look more dramatic.   Posted: 11/23/2020 22:31:50