Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Contender Delton Young

American Landscape contest Contender Delton Young captured this image after two days of sandstorms cleared from the Mesquite Dunes

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Photographer: Delton Young

Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park

When did you take the photograph? January 18, 2013

Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 70-200mm f4/L lens, Gitzo tripod and ball head

Describe how you got this photo.
The first rays of sunlight often bathe the dunes in warm light, set off by sharp contrasts with deep blue skies and surrounding dark mountains. The dunes' popularity often leads to heavily tracked scenes, but a day of wind and sandstorms clears it all away. After two days of storms in January, the dunes were pristine. The play of warm light on the morning sands is ideal for the photographer, but it lasts only a short while.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
This is one of the most accessible and striking sites in the Park. In this harshest of desert landscapes, the Dunes lend a textured elegance to the grandeur of the geologic drama--and a welcome relief from the hard and ragged edges that define much of the Valley. Ephemeral, ever-shifting forms cast into relief this 10,000-foot cleft in the earth's crust.


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