By Jeff Sullivan

Where Winds Collide

Equipment Info
Canon EOS 40D
State/Province/Region
CA
Country
US
Nearest Area
Death Valley National Park
Town
Stovepipe Wells
Brief Directions

This is a special place which I only share with a few close friends and workshop participants.

Notes

This was a very challenging location, due to shooting directly into the sun over dunes consisting of very reflective silica. Three exposures were combined to extract shadow and highlight detail. Color seemed superfluous; the black and white version seemed to better convey the opposing forces in a stark environment, and the sinuous lines they created.

Description

This ridge of conflicting East and West forces stopped me in my tracks. I tried several compositions, and the horizontal orientation best highlighted the subtle forces pushing sand back and forth, grain by grain over thousands of years, until trillions of grains of sand reflect the cumulative effect in the ridgelines we see.

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Date Taken
05/04/2011

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