Dawn Gulino  

Death Valley, Ibex Dunes by Dawn Gulino

November 2023 - Death Valley, Ibex Dunes

About the Image(s)

No matter where you turn, there are interesting lights during sunset in the Dunes. I liked the way the light and shadows worked with the lines and set up to get close into this one. Shot at 280mm to get tight on the dunes and compress the field of view.1/30th of a second at f/14, ISO 100.

I did basic editing in Lightroom and then brought it over to Photoshop and used luminosity masks to warm up the sun side and then darken the shadow side.

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17 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
You have a steady hand, to shoot this at ss 1/30. What luminosity masks were used? Are they native to PS, or a plugin? You have captured crisp, hard Light/shadow lines and soft, smooth edges, as well. This is pleasing to look at...you have good light, focus, and color but who is the actor in this play?? ( I learned that question from you in some of your earlier comments)   Posted: 11/01/2023 13:17:59
Dawn Gulino
Hi Paul, this was with a tripod! I use Lumenzia for my masks. I keep practicing with them and am continually learning more ways to use them. For this image, i did them for both the lights and shadows to focus on the colors and details. For instance, I wanted the light side to make it warmer and cooled the shadows.

As for the actor of this, to me, it's the simplicity, lines and how my eyes move through the frame. I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks! This could just be a shot for me personally. Was a long walk to get there and then to hike up the dunes, so definitely a personal image for me.   Posted: 11/01/2023 16:30:17
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
I am delighted to hear you use Lumenzia. I have it but have not yet learned to use it. May I ask questions, from time to time?   Posted: 11/02/2023 10:59:42
Dawn Gulino
Happy to answer if I can! Still learning. Watched and still watching tons of videos on it.   Posted: 11/02/2023 11:12:06
Dawn Gulino
Happy to answer if I can! Still learning. Watched and still watching tons of videos on it.   Posted: 11/02/2023 23:17:09
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Could you forward the Lumenzia tutorials you have found most effective?
Thank you   Posted: 11/15/2023 17:37:44
Dawn Gulino
Sent!   Posted: 11/21/2023 08:32:31
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
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Dawn Gulino
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Dawn Gulino
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Neil Bellenie
This is great picture of the dunes. It is very hard to find part of these dunes without footprints. This is an interesting view of the dunes - they are looking very majestic and are lit perfectly with the light and shade. I am not sure what the scale of this picture is - it looks like they are huge. The actor (for me) is the assembly of shapes and shades, it is quite sensual. The picture works at an abstract level and as a landscape.   Posted: 11/11/2023 22:04:22
Dawn Gulino
Thanks Neil! We hiked a bit to get to this location, in addition to it being a less visited spot given the drive to get there and were lucky on the footprints!

As for the scale, yes, this was huge.
  Posted: 11/21/2023 08:35:27

Jeffrey Huo
this is a great picture. I believe you have carefully chosen your position to take this picture. The lines, the curves are beautiful. It is a plesure to look at it and I feel like to touch the sand.   Posted: 11/19/2023 05:11:07
Dawn Gulino
Thanks Jeffrey!   Posted: 11/21/2023 08:35:48

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I like the way you have captured the shape and texture of the dunes with your use of lights and shadows. I think the contrast with the light and dark areas really make this image. The line of the ridge of the dune works well in drawing my eye into the frame and wants me to linger and look at it more. (It's also an accomplishment to get a dune picture without foot prints some where). Overall I think this is a great photo   Posted: 11/22/2023 14:04:03
Dawn Gulino
Thank you Ed.   Posted: 11/26/2023 08:15:40

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I have to say this is interesting. I can say I like the ripples but there is something IMO that just seems off. I'm thinking it is the random blacks in the dunes. I do have to say I am in awe of anyone who can hike that far.   Posted: 11/27/2023 16:57:27