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Last winter I was en route to camp at Death Valley National Park when everything other than day use was shut down. Camping at DV has a special vibe for me so I was bumming, but decided to go ahead and shoot a few days in the valley while ‘commuting’ from a Nevada small town campground. The winds on the Mesquite dunes were the highest I’ve experienced there and I was hoping the gear did not get damaged. These conditions gave a softer feel to the light as in the first image. For the second composition I converted to black & white and developed for more contrast, and this abstract became one of my favorite images of the trip. On my final day there a crazy sandstorm formed and I found an excellent vantage point of this surreal panoramic scene from the slope of an adjacent mountain [EDIT: more accurately, from the slope of an alluvial fan at the base of the mountains].

Thanks for viewing!

All the best in 2022 to everyone,
Ross






Awash in Dusky Pastels






Texture, Tones, and Lines






The Sandstorm



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Jan 03, 2022 at 08:34 PM
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beauty of serpentine curves is well presented in harmonized atmosphere


Jan 03, 2022 at 09:07 PM
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Great set!


Jan 03, 2022 at 10:03 PM
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The b&w image is marvellous. A blistering sandstorm in Death Valley is an unforgettable experience, and I've been lucky to have experienced (and photographed in) it twice.



Jan 04, 2022 at 08:40 AM
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Very nice set. I especially like the last one.


Jan 04, 2022 at 08:55 AM
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Ross, the textured BW image is beautiful. Well done👍🏻


Jan 04, 2022 at 10:47 AM
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Nicely done, especially the first one. (I know the subject and that "mountain" quite well, along with the potential for wild wind and blowing sand!)


Jan 04, 2022 at 10:57 AM
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junglialoh wrote:
beauty of serpentine curves is well presented in harmonized atmosphere


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Hoffer wrote:
Great set!


Thank you @junglialoh and @Hoffer for viewing and commenting!

Cheers,
Ross



Jan 04, 2022 at 01:01 PM
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Rajan Parrikar wrote:
The b&w image is marvellous. A blistering sandstorm in Death Valley is an unforgettable experience, and I've been lucky to have experienced (and photographed in) it twice.


Thanks Rajan. How cool you have experienced a DV sandstorm twice! This was my first time seeing one out of about 10 visits the past couple decades.

Cheers,
Ross



Jan 04, 2022 at 08:46 PM
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1&2 are gorgeous. Great set.


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Great shots from DV, Ross. Especially love the panorama. Nice work as usual.


Jan 04, 2022 at 11:57 PM
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photonoclast wrote:
Very nice set. I especially like the last one.


Thank you @photonoclast I appreciate that!

Cheers,
Ross



Jan 05, 2022 at 08:25 AM
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I like them all... but number 3 is my favorite. I really enjoy getting the full view of the space.


Jan 05, 2022 at 03:29 PM
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Wow Ross, this is a stunning collection. Each image is quite unique, but as I view them at this moment, the first one soothes my soul. Excellent work!


Jan 05, 2022 at 11:38 PM
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Just WOW ...!!!


Jan 06, 2022 at 03:24 PM
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keepclicking wrote:
Ross, the textured BW image is beautiful. Well done👍🏻


Thanks much @keepclicking, appreciate you checking out the images!

Cheers,
Ross



Jan 06, 2022 at 07:32 PM
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gdanmitchell wrote:
Nicely done, especially the first one. (I know the subject and that "mountain" quite well, along with the potential for wild wind and blowing sand!)


Thanks for the good word Dan and for taking the time to look and comment! I bet you have had many amazing shoots there over the years. I crave being back right now.

All the best,
Ross



Jan 07, 2022 at 10:49 AM
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zuru wrote:
1&2 are gorgeous. Great set.


Appreciate your positive feedback @zuru, thank you!

Cheers,
Ross



Jan 08, 2022 at 08:37 AM
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satie wrote:
Great shots from DV, Ross. Especially love the panorama. Nice work as usual.


@satie thank you so much!

Cheers,
Ross



Jan 08, 2022 at 06:37 PM
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chris02324 wrote:
I like them all... but number 3 is my favorite. I really enjoy getting the full view of the space.


Thank you @chris02324! That pano shot will read better if I print it large I think. Normally from that view one sees a rugged mountain range behind the dunes, but on that day it was nothing but dust, really amazing!

Cheers,
Ross



Jan 09, 2022 at 11:55 AM
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