Deserts Assignment Winner Darren White

Firey Mesquite by Darren White

Firey Mesquite by Darren White

“The photo was taken in Death Valley National Park on Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes near Stovepipe Wells, CA. My buddy and I were traveling for a photo vacation. We arrived early in the afternoon and were out exploring the dunes. Finding a good ridge without any foot prints was the real challenge. I walked up over a dune and saw this ridge without any foot prints and the composition looked good. I could see some clouds building as the sun was going down. I knew if I was just patient and waited it would be a good shot. About 2 hours after this shot was taken, the entire dunes turned into a massive sand storm as the winds kicked up for several hours.”
-Darren White
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, 2 stop soft grad filter