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I haven't posted dune shots for a while so here are few from Death Valley NP I took this weekend. The weather was great. Normally this place is cloudless, hot, and lifeless. This weekend however I've had strong winds, some rain (yes, it was raining there), and nice sunny sunset - all the same day.
I was kind of hoping for some wild flowers (and macro shots) but nope, there's none. I didn't see a single flower blooming. Either I'm too late this year, or there wasn't enough rain (last and this year) and there are no flowers at all (or a super bloom).
And, the little rain I've had won't effect the flower growth. Maybe next year....











































Apr 24, 2022 at 01:13 PM
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Wow! Incredibly beautiful image series from Death Valley. Sublime images indeed.


Apr 24, 2022 at 01:35 PM
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Gregg

These are just awesome. What a variety. #6 and #8 are great abstracts with wonderful composition. The pyramid shot is a show-stopper too especially when contrasted against the cloudy sky. The first image is great, very sensuous.

A real pleasure viewing these !

Ken



Apr 24, 2022 at 01:37 PM
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Wow - fantastic, and I always love a new perspective on sand dunes. Mind sharing your FL and post-processing for the first one? Has a very unique look to it.


Apr 24, 2022 at 03:14 PM
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agvogel wrote:
Wow - fantastic, and I always love a new perspective on sand dunes. Mind sharing your FL and post-processing for the first one? Has a very unique look to it.


Nothing special when it comes to PP. Just used warming polarizer and brought out shadows/highlights via curves in PS. FL was 24mm @ f/11. I think I took two shots to get foreground and background sharp but I didn't blend anything. It's just a single shot. Hyperfocal worked. The last shot is a 400mm compression. I had two lenses with me, the new Nikon 24-120mm f/4 S and 100-400mm f/4.5 - 5.6 S. That's all you really need. Occasionally I could probably use 14-30mm f/4 but why bother? This is pretty stationary place nothing really moves, so I just shot panos with the 24 if I couldn't get everything in the frame.



Apr 24, 2022 at 04:17 PM
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Gregg B. wrote:
Nothing special when it comes to PP. Just used warming polarizer and brought out shadows/highlights via curves in PS. FL was 24mm @ f/11. I think I took two shots to get foreground and background sharp but I didn't blend anything. It's just a single shot. Hyperfocal worked. The last shot is a 400mm compression. I had two lenses with me, the new Nikon 24-120mm f/4 S and 100-400mm f/4.5 - 5.6 S. That's all you really need. Occasionally I could probably use 14-30mm f/4 but why bother? This is pretty stationary place nothing really moves, so I
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Ah - it must be the polarizer giving it that interesting look. Thanks for taking the time to share!



Apr 24, 2022 at 04:53 PM
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agvogel wrote:
Ah - it must be the polarizer giving it that interesting look. Thanks for taking the time to share!


But what is so special you see in the first shot? It's a midday shot. The sun was up to the left and at least 3 hours before sunset time.



Apr 24, 2022 at 05:06 PM
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But what is so special you see in the first shot? It's a midday shot. The sun was up to the left and at least 3 hours before sunset time.


I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but it has a “glow” and soft light to it that is normally totally absent from photos at midday.



Apr 24, 2022 at 05:21 PM
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very nice
Mike



Apr 24, 2022 at 06:04 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Dune of Death Valley


Gregg, Some very fine work. Which set of Dunes? Mesquite or Eureka? I'm guessing Eureka but I've been wrong before. In any case thanks for posting. Enjoyed looking at your work.


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agvogel wrote:
I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but it has a “glow” and soft light to it that is normally totally absent from photos at midday.


Dust in the air? Whitish dunes reflected more light? Maybe the filter too…



Apr 24, 2022 at 06:37 PM
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WiseTioga wrote:
Gregg, Some very fine work. Which set of Dunes? Mesquite or Eureka? I'm guessing Eureka but I've been wrong before. In any case thanks for posting. Enjoyed looking at your work.


Neither. These are Ibex dunes…



Apr 24, 2022 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Dune of Death Valley


Gregg, great set but the first is absolutely stunning. Love the way you composed #1. Great work as usual YGMV 👍🏻


Apr 24, 2022 at 07:06 PM
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very nice set Gregg


Apr 25, 2022 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Dune of Death Valley


Amazing! I always look forward to your dune shots. The lighting here is primo!


Apr 25, 2022 at 05:23 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Dune of Death Valley


Very artistic work, Gregg! Such a pleasure to view each one! I keep trying to choose a favorite and find it impossible to narrow it down! Great work!

Best regards, David



Apr 25, 2022 at 08:02 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Dune of Death Valley


Wow, what a fantastic set! #6 and #8 for me, but they're all fantastically composed images!


Apr 26, 2022 at 07:23 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Dune of Death Valley


Sweet set. The first and last really grab me, love the sinuous lines in the first.


Apr 26, 2022 at 07:55 AM
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Jim Dockery wrote:
Sweet set. The first and last really grab me, love the sinuous lines in the first.


That’s what caught my attention too - the sinuous lines…



Apr 26, 2022 at 08:51 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Dune of Death Valley


Great set of photos Gregg. Really nice!


Apr 27, 2022 at 09:35 AM
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