Aug 15

Landscape photography Number 15: Sunrise Great Sand Dunes

Sunrise Great Sand Dunes National Park

One of the most fun things about photography is all the experimenting involved. There are so many different things you can photograph and ways to photograph them. Different angles, different lighting, so many options. Photograph literally means light picture, so lighting is one of the greatest things to experiment with.

On a recent trip to The Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado I had the opportunity to take some pictures of the dunes right at sunrise. Not only was it an amazing experience (you can read about here) but I got some pretty nice pictures out of the journey.  I feel like the peace of the moment translates through this picture.  It was still and quiet and got to see the first rays of light hit the dunes.

I tried to my best to capture the light hitting the sand ripples creating an interesting shadow effect on the sand.  One of the toughest things for me that day was just trying to capture it all in.  It is tough when you are limited in the equipment you have and a wide angel lens would have been so nice on that day.  However, there are a lot of other nice things in my life that I am not willing to sacrifice for my lenses for my photography hobby.  So I am perfectly happy with what I have and as my wife tells me, “you take some pretty good pictures with what you have.”

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