“Sandstorm at Sunrise #1 – Death Valley N.P.”

Canon 1DS Mark II f2.8 16-35mm zoom II f11@1/30th ISO 400 Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer Plus, handheld:
Sandstorm at Mesquite Flat Dunes, Death Valley N.P.

This entry was written by Craig , posted on Monday October 01 2012at 11:10 am , filed under Black and White, Desert, Landscape and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

2 Responses to ““Sandstorm at Sunrise #1 – Death Valley N.P.””

  • tonebytone says:

    This is quite different from the Cottonball one. I see visible and almost invisible “drifts” of wide diagonals of the light hitting the various solid forms from upper right towqards the lower left. The sand waves in the lower part form a delightful counter movement from the lower right towards upper left. A nice symphony of light hitting forms which product non-light (shadows). The whole image, to me, seems to have a more fluid feeling than the usual landscapes do.


  • Craig says:

    Hey Flo,

    Thank you for being here. This shot was taken during one of the most startling and surreal periods of time I have ever experienced as a landscape photographer. I was shooting traditional landscapes from the tripod on a calm morning at Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley right before sunrise when all of a sudden the air temperature shifted dramatically…. ten seconds or so later it went from almost dead calm to a 30 or 40 mile an hour wind and I found myself in the middle of a sandstorm that had come, without warning, straight over the mountains that rise up just a mile south of Mesquite Flat Dunes. The wind was blowing from the south so I had to turn to the north to protect my eyes and grabbed my photopack and covered it with a jacket and wedged it under my tripod. I took my camera and put it to my eye and started walking north…. the only direction I could practically choose if I wanted to be able to see and have a functioning camera left after the storm. With my body protecting the camera I shot handheld until the wind stopped which was 30 minutes and about a hundred shots later. This shot was made near the end of the storm. You can see in this shot that most of the blowing sand is far in front of me. I will post another shot tomorrow that was made close to when the storm started and I was in the thick of it wondering what in the hell had happened (but loving every second of the fact that I had been gifted this amazing photographic opportunity… also hoping that it wasn’t going to last for hours!). So yes Flo….you are literally right about the fluidity of this landscape…. with the exception of shooting on fast running rivers this was the most “fluid” landscape I ever photographed…. Craig

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