Mesquite Dunes at Sunrise
Death Valley National Park, CA
The beauty about sand dunes is that they change drastically when the sun gets low on the horizon, when the shadows creep in and plunge half the dune into darkness. The shapes and squiggles and lines come out while the rest of the dune glows bright golden colors.
Willie and I had purchased the “Bigma Bazooka” lens just to photograph the sand dunes. The Bigma is a 150-600mm lens made by Sigma that is perfect for compressing the sand dunes and the mountains behind them to make them feel closer than they really are. We finally had a chance to use the lenses in November.
Willie and I woke up early in Las Vegas, drove 2.5 hours to Death Valley and walked straight out to the sand dunes. While exploring the dunes I came upon the squiggle shapes here and knew I had to take a snap. I loved the way the closer sand dune drove a curvy line into the overlapping dunes behind, while the band lands mountains behind loom in the distance.
Nikon D800 w/Sigma 150-600mm:
370mm, f/9, 1/200 sec, ISO 500