Michael Jack  

Mesquite Dunes by Michael Jack

May 2021 - Mesquite Dunes

About the Image(s)

This was taken at sunrise at Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley. The day before had very high winds. So much so trucks and campers were urged not to get on the highway. Fortunately for us, the wind erased all the footprints off the dunes so by sunrise the next day they were pristine. We finished shooting a few hours after sunrise when all the tourists started making their way into the dunes. This image was taken about one-half mile into the dunes so not many people have the stamina to make it that far.

Canon 5R, 24-105 f4 L lens, ISO 800, f11, 0.5 sec. In post processing I reduced the color saturation of the distant mountains and changed the hue away from the purple cast to get a better color balance.

2 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Michael, this is a very nice photo of the sand dunes. The photographer just adds to the photo. The shades of the dunes are nicely done. Cropping the photo works.   Posted: 05/05/2021 13:05:06

Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Very nice image. Typically I like to see more natural detail or patterns in the sand but it's to your benefit the winds removed all the footprints and made the sand smooth. The simplification is very natural and nice. I like having the human element for scale and the lighting adds good color and shadows to the image.   Posted: 05/06/2021 11:54:01


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