For a good year now, I've been longing to visit a location where I could photograph sand dunes. Something about the challenge of photographing a perfectly angled and in partly shadowed sand dune. On my trip to Death Valley, the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes is the location that I had been looking forward to the most. I dedicated two full days in this grand location. My first day was mainly for location scouting and seeing what compositions I could find for sunrise and sunset.
On my second day I arrived in the sand dunes a good hour before sunrise and decided to make my way further east and a good hour or so away from the main parking lot area. When I arrived at my sunrise location, I was feeling a little underwhelmed. I took two images and two slightly different angles. Then the light did some magical and casted the perfect shadow on one side of a dune that I was near. I recomposed and took what is perhaps my favorite photograph of all time. I just love the overall composition and how the light is hitting the sand dune.
Sunset proved to be somewhat more difficult, and I really didn't come away with any images that I was excited about. This happens often in landscape photography, but I have to emphasize on something. Regardless of the result, I never ever feel let down or regret going out and shooting.
Check out my latest video from Death Valley National Park, Photographing The Sand Dunes.