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Photographer, Dunes, Evening | by G Dan Mitchell
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Photographer, Dunes, Evening

Photographer, Dunes, Evening. Death Valley National Park, California. January 3, 2012. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


A lone photographer at work among sand dunes, Death Valley National Park, California.


This is a sort of "Where's Waldo?" photograph - and, yes, there really is a photographer in this scene. There is not much to give you an accurate sense of the scale of the components of this scene, and there are even a few details that might throw you off. Hint: That bush near the upper left is a to larger than you might imagine. If you look closely, I'm pretty certain that you can spot the photographer, but I won't spoil the fun by telling you where to look.


These dunes extend over a large areas in Death Valley National Park, and I've come to find some of the smaller dunes of the park to present interesting relief among the closely spaced ripples and waves of sand, and late-day color variations that only get better after sunset. To make this photograph I used a long lens and found a vantage point that was elevated above the sand.


G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.

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Taken on January 3, 2012