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Rippled: Great Sand Dunes, CO

I awoke in my tent in the middle of the night, and packed up. To avoid heat exhaustion, I began my hike well before sunrise, and packed a lot of water. The fact that wind can make lines in the sand look like this still amazes me. Call me simple, but I think it will astonish me forever.

 

I used the mindboggling ripples in the sand as a foreground interest, and the early morning light did the rest. The sky had enough darkness to it that I didn't even need to bother with ND grad filters. The polarizer helped keep some of the blues in the sky and the bright areas in check.

 

Flickr Explore #236

 

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105L @24mm

1/13 second exposure @ F16

CP filter

Single shot at ISO 50

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Taken on June 10, 2010