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It's often puzzling how negative circumstances in life can lead to positives. (and vice versa)...

 

I really owe alot of this shot (and the many more abstract dune shots from this morning that I'll be posting in the near future) to David - a friend and flickr contact...

 

I was in vegas to see a doctor who was inevitably going to give me bad news about an injury that would prevent me from competing in an upcoming event... I happened to have my camera and a few lenses on me, so I hit him up about shooting in the Valley of Fire State park. He obliged, and we headed out there for a sunset shoot... The way there and back, we talked shop about photography. I have been an unmotivated mess when it comes to shooting lately, and although I have been processing older shots from the archives, I never get out to shoot much these days...

David's enthusiasm for the art showed, and listening to him talk about about photo trips lit a fire under my ass. Eventually, the subject of This shot came up. In my opinion, it's one of the top two telephoto shots of the Mesquite Dunes at Stovepipe Wells that have ever been made (tied with my other friend Marc Adamus' richly-processed "Wind and Light" shot)...

He explained the adventure of getting to the dunes, taking the shot, and discovering it in his workflow...

 

That night, I got the call that I was dreading: I wouldn't be competing in June (or making any money this summer)...

Instead of wallowing about it, I used the good energy from our shoot to motivate me...

On a whim, the next evening, I pulled an all-nighter, shooting Red Rock Canyon at 3am, and racing to the Death Valley Dunes for sunrise afterward... For a few fleeting moments, the light was awesome.. I used my 100-400mm lens 90% of the time and worked on isolating shadows, curves and colors - Making abstract compositions. I had an amazing time and ended up with a ton of keepers that I'll be posting soon...

After a nap, I headed to Lone Pine, CA and spent all day and the next morning shooting the Sierras...

 

It was such a refreshing experience to get out and shoot again, concentrating on photography and spending time in nature...

 

Oddly enough, this scenario wouldn't have happened if I wouldn't have gotten hurt... Anyway, that's all I'm going to ramble about for now... I guess the whole "life gives you lemons - make lemonade" adage applies here...

 

thanks for looking and reading

 

-Mac

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Taken on May 18, 2011