Scott Messer  

Shifting Sand Dune by Scott Messer

September 2020 - Shifting Sand Dune

September 2020 - Scott Messer


About the Image(s)

This is an image that I took in Tanzania of this dune made up of magnetized volcanic ash. The dune travels up to 50 feet per year across the desert in Tanzania. The dune stays together since the sand is so highly magnetized. At the site where the dune is located there are posts in the ground that show where the dune has been and the date that it was there. The animal skull was in place when we arrived at the site so I don't know how it got there but it adds a sense of depth to the image.

This image was shot with a 10-22mm lens at 10mm. ISO was 100, shutter speed 1/1600 @ f/3.5. All post processing was completed in Lightroom.

5 comments posted

Louis Lo   Louis Lo
usually, the best aperture of most lens will be 2-3 level up against its maximum aperture. honestly, I never use wide aperture for landscape photograph, f/8-11 mostly which will achieve the better quality of image. Per your image, if closeup to the animal skull as a foreground that will be more interesting.   Posted: 09/05/2020 04:09:11

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Scott, to my eye the balance between the blue sky and the brown earth is very pleasing. I believe that Louis is correct, if not a bit too harsh in saying, that landscapes are better shot in the f/8-f/16 range. I feel that this might be really interesting as a "Stretch" picture". That is cropped to be much wider than high. I feel that you don't need much of the foreground. Just a thought!   Posted: 09/07/2020 08:29:43

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
The contrast in brown colors between the foreground and the dune is good and you couldn't have asked for a better sky. In the end you have a picture of a dune. I don't know if you could get any closer than this, but perhaps the skull with the lines in the sand dune would have been an interesting image. It seems that there are not any strong shadows so the sun must have been high when you were there. I'd cropped the image pretty much to the dune, increase the shadows and come down on the highlights to give you an idea to play with.   Posted: 09/07/2020 12:00:56

Gary La Musga   Gary La Musga
Love the colors and the brown and blue sky contrast. i think coping the foreground more would enhance the photo more. would also bring out the skull more. if you did that you might also bump up the clouds to be a little whiter, which may keep you in the picture as you wonder around the shot.   Posted: 09/08/2020 22:53:30

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Scott, I agree with the others. The colors in the sky and the dune produce a pleasing contrast. The skull, being white and a symbol of death, is an interesting dominate subject of this image IMHO. What might be done to make it more discernible and integrated?   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:34:58


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