There’s an optical phenomenon that occurs with long telephoto lenses: it compresses a 3D scene, making far away objects appear closer together when shown on a 2D photo. Things far away, like mountains, can appear closer to you. Last year, knowing this and the fact that Willie and I both wanted to photograph the sand dunes in Death Valley National Park, we both purchased “Bazooka” lenses: a giant telephoto lens made by Sigma. Unfortunately we never made it to Death Valley last year.
Wanting to put our lenses to use, we planned a trip to Death Valley and booked flights. After a quick stop to catch a few hours of sleep at David Thompson’s house, we took off for Death Valley. It’s only a couple hour drive and we arrived with plenty of time before sunrise. Grabbing our big lenses we trudged out to the sand dunes in hopes of finding a beautiful spot.
With the long lens in hand, I knew that the snake-like rolling hills of dunes would compress together beautifully here. I loved the way the dunes snaked back and forth here.
Nikon D800 w/Sigma 150-600mm f/2.8:
480mm, f/16, 1/50 sec, ISO 100
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