Michael Jack  

Death Valley Dunes by Michael Jack

September 2021 - Death Valley Dunes

About the Image(s)

Last November I went to Death Valley to photograph. On a Wednesday, a high wind warning was posted with wind gusts up to 50mph. Vans, RVs and trucks were encouraged to stay off the roads. The fortunate part of this was the wind cleared up all the footprints off the sand dunes so when we went out at sunrise Thursday morning,. the dunes were pristine. I was able to catch a fellow photographer who managed to claw his way up one of the dunes. You can find out quickly if you are in shape....

Canon 5R, 24-105L f4 lens at 105mm, ISO 800, f11, 0.5 sec.

6 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
This is a great photo of what effort it takes to get to where you need to be. I really like the placement of the photographer as his placement sends me to him as the focal point. The shades of the sand dunes just adds the photo.   Posted: 09/01/2021 19:10:55

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
The first thing about this image that appeals to be is the space. I feel the pano format really sets the stage for the vast expanse of the dunes. This is strongly aided by the lone photographer appearing as such a miniscule figure when placed on nature's stage. If I were to do anything I would darken the background to draw even more attention to the dunes.   Posted: 09/05/2021 11:11:52

Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Very nice image. The human presence in the image definitely adds scale to the surroundings. The colors and the simplicity of the image makes it a serene scene.   Posted: 09/06/2021 12:03:04

Nan Jiang   Nan Jiang
This is typically picturesque, especially with wide format, minimalist composition, contrast of warm foreground & cold background. So lucky to got a photographer appeared at an ideal position.   Posted: 09/10/2021 03:03:06

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
It looks like a picture from National Geographic. It has a distinct dept in three layers and the person indicates the scale and makes a focus point. My only little pick is to change the colour or exposure of the sand dune shadow upper left in order to separate it from the background.   Posted: 09/12/2021 04:22:11

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
Really nice image! I love the pano format. I agree with Larry that darkening the background mountains slightly would improve the image.   Posted: 09/14/2021 15:52:29


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