Wes Odell  

White Sand dunes by Wes Odell

June 2021 - White Sand dunes

June 2021 - Wes Odell


About the Image(s)

Taken with film in what was then the White Sand Dunes National Monument (now a National Park). In New Mexico. Converted to BW with Nik ......Preset #42 "Intensifier". The line in the background is the demarkation line between the sand and the cloudy sky. The photographer is my wife, Marge. This image recently was "Accepted" in a local exhibit called Compositions in White, but I removed the photographer for this exhibit to make it more "salable." The large amount of white or "empty space" is intended to show the wide open space in the Dunes. I placed the Yucca/Photographer at the side so as not to confuse the composition, but to enhance the wide open spaces.

9 comments posted

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Wow, awesome impact, subject & composition. For me the photographer, negative space & hi-key is great without need for further editing. Nicely Done Wes...   Posted: 06/01/2021 16:48:57

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Great choice of a minimalist composition. I agree that the vast expanse of nature should be shown like this, with the lone person/plant being small in the composition.   Posted: 06/05/2021 20:12:04

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
I agree that the area of white really helps the image. Your conversion the monochrome is very good, and was a good choice. There is just enough of a line to see it. Well done.   Posted: 06/09/2021 16:45:02

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Well done. Placing the demarcation line above center makes it different. Minimalism done well is a pleasure to look at. You mention you removed the photographer to increase salability. It seems that removing the Yucca would work here too - having them both represented increases impact. Your whites are handled well.   Posted: 06/11/2021 17:42:58

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
OK, I think the image without your wife would be better as I find the two elements compete with each other and the fact that the tripod legs disappear at their base is a little odd. So I did what you said and r4emoved your wife-sorry! I think it looks emptier and this is what you were after. I like the high key effect and the thick black line is probably fine for the print but a bit heavy for the digi version. We've visited the national park as well and got shadows on the dunes which worked and I also made them mono.   Posted: 06/12/2021 09:39:41
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Wes Odell   Wes Odell
This is the version I referred to that I submitted to White (it was not B&w).... Also shown is another image suggested by Diana of just the Dunes. The interesting attribute of it is the set of small animal tracks in the sand.   Posted: 06/12/2021 18:29:58
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Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Both images wouldn't transmit, so here is the wayward one:   Posted: 06/12/2021 18:30:49
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Diana Magor   Diana Magor
The ripples on the dunes are lovely, but I'm not sure about the edge of the dune in the top left corner. Your second image is colour and the slight green of the plant helps with this one.   Posted: 06/13/2021 13:29:13
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Re the upper left corner and the dune. I agree: it is problematic. But with the patterns of the sand I found it difficult to clone and I thought there was insufficient room to crop it, so there it is.
I've done a different version where I removed all the bllue and green and other tints. It's ok in my mind, but I preferred the "primarily white" version. I've printed it to 20x30 and framed it with no matte, but in a large (3") black wooden shaped frame. It seems to be a powerful photograph that way...... My thought was that the "story" created by the small critter's feet tracks was a key attribute. I titled it "Guess Who Was Here Last Night?"   Posted: 06/16/2021 16:48:50


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