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Last weekend I visited Lassen National Park and camped out Butte Lake campground for two nights with a goal of photographing the painted dunes at sunset, sunrise, blue hour and maybe even with the milky way. Things didn't quite turn out as we expected as an unusual June storm moved through the park, carrying cold temperatures, rain and even snow. We almost packed it in and left but I'm glad we didn't because on the final morning, a cloud inversion layer had formed over the lava fields, and fog over the painted dunes. The conditions were so special that it would almost impossible to take bad photos. Don't worry I did but I'm not going to show them here!

Post processing notes - all single images, post-processed in lightroom with pretty standard adjustments to exposure, contrast, white balance.





Painted Dunes in soft dappled light - This is the day before the storm

  ILCE-1    FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter lens    172mm    f/11.0    1/15s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







Frosty Painted Dunes in Fog

  ILCE-1    FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens    102mm    f/16.0    6s    64 ISO    0.0 EV  







Frosty Painted Dunes in Fog Deux

  ILCE-1    FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens    146mm    f/16.0    2s    64 ISO    0.0 EV  







Frosty Painted Dunes in early sunlight

  ILCE-1    FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens    145mm    f/11.0    1/6s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







Fantastic Lava Fields with mist

  ILCE-1    FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens    198mm    f/11.0    1/80s    50 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 26, 2022 at 10:53 AM
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Spectacular, every image. But the ones in fog (#2 & #3) kick it up a notch, with their alien world feel.



Jun 26, 2022 at 10:56 AM
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Beautifully portrayed and promoted to master's painting from dried wilderness


Jun 26, 2022 at 12:55 PM
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very nice images


Jun 26, 2022 at 07:14 PM
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These are great. I was only there once when it was covered in snow, had no idea it could look like that. Well done.


Jun 26, 2022 at 07:25 PM
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Rajan Parrikar wrote:
Spectacular, every image. But the ones in fog (#2 & #3) kick it up a notch, with their alien world feel.

Thanks Rajan. Got lucky with the conditions but it is a really cool place to visit.
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junglialoh wrote:
Beautifully portrayed and promoted to master's painting from dried wilderness

Thanks Jung. My kids said they looked like paintings too.
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ksmmike wrote:
very nice images

Thanks Mike. Appreciate it.
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JohnC wrote:
These are great. I was only there once when it was covered in snow, had no idea it could look like that. Well done.

Thanks John. Appreciate it. When looking on your website to see if I could find your photos of the area. You have a great gallery.




Jun 27, 2022 at 12:17 AM
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Spectacular shots Derrick. Congrats. Sorry I couldn't make it, what a loss. Damn...
I've never seen shots of those dunes with a fog, and they do look great.



Jun 27, 2022 at 01:46 AM
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Great set of a truly unique landscape. The fog images are especially nice.


Jun 27, 2022 at 09:03 AM
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This is quite a series. Striking and unusual. I haven't been to Lassen since I was a kid and while I knew of some interesting scenic and geological areas in and around the park, hadn't heard or seen of this area. Going to have hit the "Google" and check this out some more.


Jun 27, 2022 at 11:53 AM
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Amazing images. Alien like landscapes. Nicely captured.


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Good thing you decided to stay, these are beautifully captured!


Jun 27, 2022 at 06:49 PM
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Pure magic, Derrick! What an amazing landscape and amazing conditions! Congratulations on hanging around during less than ideal conditions! Glad it all paid off for you! Truly beautiful work!

David



Jun 28, 2022 at 01:43 PM
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TOO GOOD!!!!! One of the best series of images I haver ever seen! A huge congratulations. 👏🏻


Jun 28, 2022 at 04:39 PM
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What a unique landscape, I never seen anything quite like this!


Jun 28, 2022 at 07:44 PM
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This brings back memories. The last time I was at the painted dunes and Butte Lake was well over 20 years ago when I was in the early days of learning to use a view camera (with film). You got some incredible light/fog and your compositions are fantastic. Great job!


Jun 29, 2022 at 01:39 PM
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Phenomenal shots, the foggy ones especially!


Jun 29, 2022 at 01:44 PM
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Super images. Liked them all.


Jun 29, 2022 at 03:19 PM
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What extraordinary images! Unusual and beautiful.

Dave



Jun 29, 2022 at 09:51 PM
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Great timing, beautiful execution! Thanks for sharing!

Rand



Jun 29, 2022 at 10:30 PM
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Gregg B. wrote:
Spectacular shots Derrick. Congrats. Sorry I couldn't make it, what a loss. Damn...
I've never seen shots of those dunes with a fog, and they do look great.

Hey Greg thanks for checking them out and commenting. They were unique conditions and it was a bummer you couldn't make. Would have loved to have seen your results. Next time!
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40Driggs wrote:
Great set of a truly unique landscape. The fog images are especially nice.

Thanks Daniel. Your Shellfish Island images were quite striking and different.
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Craig Gillette wrote:
This is quite a series. Striking and unusual. I haven't been to Lassen since I was a kid and while I knew of some interesting scenic and geological areas in and around the park, hadn't heard or seen of this area. Going to have hit the "Google" and check this out some more.

Thanks Craig. Yes go for it. Lassen is a bit of a hidden gem.
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chez wrote:
Amazing images. Alien like landscapes. Nicely captured.

Cheers Harry. It is indeed other worldly. I got the same feeling places in Utah too.
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Dave Good wrote:
Good thing you decided to stay, these are beautifully captured!

Thank you Dave appreciate you taking the time to comment.
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Starfire8 wrote:
Pure magic, Derrick! What an amazing landscape and amazing conditions! Congratulations on hanging around during less than ideal conditions! Glad it all paid off for you! Truly beautiful work!

David

Thanks David. Have you been out shooting lately? Look forward to seeing some of your images.
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Mark Metternich wrote:
TOO GOOD!!!!! One of the best series of images I haver ever seen! A huge congratulations. 👏🏻

Thanks Mark. You are very kind! Long time follower and admirer of your work and so happy you are a part of the FM community
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DanielJStein wrote:
What a unique landscape, I never seen anything quite like this!

Thanks Daniel. Appreciate it. Totally recommend making a trip out there. It's unreal.
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amv8 wrote:
This brings back memories. The last time I was at the painted dunes and Butte Lake was well over 20 years ago when I was in the early days of learning to use a view camera (with film). You got some incredible light/fog and your compositions are fantastic. Great job!

Thank you. I was very lucky with the conditions. Sounds like it's time for you to head back out there!
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The Rat wrote:
Phenomenal shots, the foggy ones especially!

love your name. Thanks for looking and commenting.
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ahamp wrote:
Super images. Liked them all.

Cheers Aaron, appreciate it.
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dclark wrote:
What extraordinary images! Unusual and beautiful.

Dave

Thanks Dave. Very much appreciated.
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Rand47 wrote:
Great timing, beautiful execution! Thanks for sharing!

Rand

Thanks Rand. You are welcome.Would love to see more of your work. The redwoods shot you posted was beautiful.



Jun 30, 2022 at 01:35 AM
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