Solidute, Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park

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****better on black****

After spending the previous night wandering around the Racetrack looking all night to find the right rock to shoot under moonlight, I slept in, slowly drove back towards Stovepipe Wells, and parked as close to a bush as I could to try to find some shade. The branches of said bush were actually poking inside my truck window. I ate lunch, listened to some music, and waited for the right time to head on into the Mesquite Dunes. “Right time” for me meant cooler, as it was 97 and I’m not used to such yet, and the makings of good light. I got one of the two. :o)

Sunset was slated for around 7:30, so around 5, I loaded up all my gear and waded into these dunes. There were a lot of people around, and I had it in mind from the beginning that I’d be walking clear to the other side of these piles of living and breathing sand. I ended up heading a little over ¾ of the way to the other side, one a wandering hike that lasted about an hour forty five. I then traipsed around, up one side, down the other, looking for what would be the best possible few locations. I ended up finding a great spot in a saddle that offered nearly six or seven comps in all directions within about one to two minutes of each other. This came in very handy as seemingly jet skied around the dunes at 90mph as the light hit.

Over time I will be posting several other, very different comps from this one as I was extremely fortunate enough to literally shoot in 360 degrees.

I hope you like this one. I call it Solitude.

–jared r.

Canon 5DMKII
Canon 16mm-35mm @ 28mm
Iso 160
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Raw file handled in Lightroom
Final adjustments (luminosity/dust) in Photoshop CS5

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  1. stammberger13 48 months ago | reply

    fantastic light and colors-great shot

  2. artland 48 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
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  3. 48 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot Jared. The light and sky are magical. Top notch composition!

  4. thomasps 48 months ago | reply

    Lovely foreground, but please move the watermark! :-)

  5. Grant Kaye 48 months ago | reply

    Love this one man, my fav from your trip thus far.

  6. Stuart Stevenson 48 months ago | reply

    Smoooth sweeping lines, lovely shot.

  7. Joost N. 48 months ago | reply

    Wow! great work!

  8. MikeJonesPhoto 48 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot of Mesquite Dunes. Great light and killer sky.

  9. macmir 48 months ago | reply

    Wonderful light and colors, great work!!

  10. Krazy Diamnd 48 months ago | reply

    Your hard work paid off...! Spectacular shot!!!

  11. Le Shann 48 months ago | reply

    shame it's not straight, but other than that it's beautiful!

  12. Osama Moh 48 months ago | reply

    Great work Jared

  13. Barrett Donovan 48 months ago | reply

    Very cool shot Jared, the texture in the sand when viewed large is just great. Lots of nice stuff from you lately.

  14. Nguyen Huu Thanh Hai 47 months ago | reply

    love the silky smooth sand dunes. This is absolute pefect light.

  15. Colskier1 45 months ago | reply

    Ho hum ...... another great photo!!

  16. giorgosgrigoriadis16 42 months ago | reply

    amazing landscape !!!!!

  17. ☼Sol.Digital☼ [deleted] 33 months ago | reply

    Interesting and Great ,Picture!!
    Wishing you a happy friendship day!!!


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