I had spotted this formation on a trip the previous year, but was unable to get to it due to the fact that I got caught in a thunderstorm and found myself up to my ankles in cement-like mud. It was a spot we had always dreamed of photographing ever since seeing the amazing works of Cecil Whitt.
So, I made it a point to check it out the next time I visited, and this is what we came upon. It was a crazy sunset, and as the light developed, we began running around like kids in a candy store, trying to get as many shots as possible. It just kept getting better and better and we probably shot for almost an hour. At the end of it all, we were exhausted but ecstatic with what we had just seen. Being so remote, there was nobody else there, so in a way, it felt like a privilege to have witnessed such an amazing display of light.
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I’ve been wanting to get back here to make images like this since my last (completely unproductive) visit three or four years ago. My month-long trip is nearing its end, and I’ve got many new images coming, but this may end up being my favorite. I’ve had mostly zero skies to speak of on the southwestern leg of my autumn travels, but that’s actually advantageous for images like this. It helps not to be distracted by an explosive sky and tempted to put on a wide-angle lens, when focusing on more intimate telephoto compositions. The light on these dunes is simply magical when the sun is low on the horizon.
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is from my trip to the southwest last month. It’s probably my favorite image from the past several months. Everything just seemed to line up perfectly, both literally and figuratively.
Getting geared up to head out to the PNW on Thursday for my annual Olympic National Park Workshop. Looking forward to getting my feet wet in the Pacific again.
As always thanks for taking a peek and hope everyone is getting out to enjoy some spring weather.
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