By Ann Collins

Cloud Bonanza Over Great Sand Dunes Np

Equipment Info
OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-30
State/Province/Region
CO
Country
US
Town
Alamosa
Brief Directions

From Alamosa, Colorado, drive east on Highway 160, then north on 150 to Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Notes

Lodging options near the park are minimal. I camped out in my tent in a campground. Though I spent less than 24 hours here, I came away with amazing shots. Climbing the dunes is tough going. They are very high, and I never made it to the top. Once I stopped huffing and puffing from the climb at Colorado's high altitude, being on the dunes during sunrise was magical. Start early because the light turns harsh quickly.

Description

I love photos of sand dunes and wanted to see Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado during a driving trip around the Southwest. Driving up from New Mexico, I traveled through high winds and rain. In the distance, I could see sand flying high in the sky. When I arrived at the park shortly before sunset, I quickly pulled over and started shooting the amazing cloud formation. I combined two vertical images to make a short panorama that I stitched in Photoshop CS4. The black and white conversion was made in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Date Added
June 11, 2012
Date Taken
November 6, 2012

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