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This photo is one is from one of my favorite sessions which was a trip to Death Valley National Park. It is a place I have driven by many times but never stoppe...
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This photo is one is from one of my favorite sessions which was a trip to Death Valley National Park. It is a place I have driven by many times but never stopped to look around. I lucked out that when i visited there was a full moon which made for some nice other worldly shots with a mix of shadows and stars. The full moon also made it much easier to find my way out of the sand dunes late at night.
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Contest Finalist in Night Wonders Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in What A Night Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Nature And The Night Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Desert Views Photo Contest
Runner Up in Monthly Pro Vol 27 Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Vol 27 Photo Contest
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Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class
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The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Night Wonders Photo ContestTop 20 class
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Never Stop Exploring Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Landscapes And Sand Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Our World At Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
What A Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
What A Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Talent AwardsTop 20 class
Nature And The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
Nature And The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Nature And The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Mountains And The Night Photo ContestTop 20 class
Mountains And The Night Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Mountains And The Night Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Desert Views Photo ContestTop 10 class
Desert Views Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Our National Parks Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Monthly Pro Vol 27 Photo ContestTop 20 class
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22 Comments | Report
annahergert
 
annahergert January 13, 2016
Stunning imagery - haunting and mesmerizing! What a great opportunity to capture this at night - and for you to recognize its strength despite passing by this spot numerous times before. Can't wait to see you more of your work.
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RenardRouge January 18, 2016
This is beautiful!
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RedSkyPhotography February 08, 2016
Awesome shot!
BPZJr
 
BPZJr February 08, 2016
This is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! OMG...it looks like something from the TV Series "STARGATE" - EXQUISITE!
cathyburke PRO
 
cathyburke February 20, 2016
challenging lighting conditions - but you really scored it
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Jason_Hayes February 20, 2016
Thank you so much cathyburke!
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cathyburke February 20, 2016
and your choice to do F2.8 was perfect !
stevenranger
 
stevenranger February 22, 2016
I love this photo, I dream about being in the Dessert at night. This is why. One day I will get there. :)
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Pamelabole April 12, 2016
Wow....amazing capture! The more I really LOOK, the more I love it! Congrats on your well deserved award!!! : )
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Jason_Hayes October 04, 2016
Thank you Pamelabole!
Witmar
 
Witmar October 04, 2016
stunning shot
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Jason_Hayes October 04, 2016
Thank you very much Witmar!
timlucas
 
timlucas January 13, 2017
What a stunning image, there is so much going on i keep looking at it.
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Jason_Hayes February 11, 2017
Thank you timlucas!
7276_0684
 
7276_0684 March 06, 2017
Amazing
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Jason_Hayes April 15, 2017
Thanks 7276_0684!
Sixtyonenorth
 
Sixtyonenorth March 28, 2017
This looks like you're on the moon or Mars. Fantastic drama!
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Jason_Hayes April 15, 2017
Thank you very much Sixtyonenorth!
beeoxierrod
 
beeoxierrod April 12, 2017
STUNNING CAPTURE!! WOW!
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Jason_Hayes April 15, 2017
Thank you beeoxierrod!
NicoleGarib
 
NicoleGarib October 17, 2017
Love it!
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Jason_Hayes October 17, 2017
Thanks NicoleGarib!
ela_v
 
ela_v February 07, 2018
Absolutely stunning!
speterson6 PRO+
 
speterson6 April 26, 2018
Extraordinary desert scene. Great work Jason
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Jason_Hayes April 30, 2018
Thank you very much!
leitins
 
leitins April 27, 2018
A delight
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Jason_Hayes April 30, 2018
Thanks!
RinsWouda
 
RinsWouda May 01, 2018
It reminds me of Dune.... Stunning photo!
RinsWouda
 
RinsWouda May 01, 2018
It reminds me of Dune...love it!
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Jason_Hayes May 03, 2018
Thanks RinsWouda!
josefromidaho
 
josefromidaho May 10, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous! The colors blend so beautifully!
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Jason_Hayes May 11, 2018
Thank you Jose!
rcscharf PRO+
 
rcscharf May 11, 2018
gorgeous shot, love the textures
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Jason_Hayes May 13, 2018
Thank you very much rcscharf!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson August 12, 2019
Stunning landscape.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on a quick trip to Death Valley National Park. I stayed at a hotel close to the Mesquite Flats sand dunes so was able to get quite a few shots of the dunes during my stay.
Time
This image was one of many that I took over the course of two nights visiting the sand dunes. It was nearly a full moon so there was lots of light to see where I was walking.
Lighting
When I took this photo the moon was nearly full. I was a bit disappointed in that it was washing out the stars but it made for some great shadows on the dunes and allowed me to work with a lower ISO.
Equipment
This photo was taken using my Nikon D7000. I used a Tokina f2.8 wide angle lens.
Inspiration
I had hoped to make it to the Race track playa but I was a bit nervous to take my wimpy rental car out on the rocky road so I went to plan b to spend most of my time at night exploring the sand dunes. Once I took a couple of test shots I loved the contrast of the blue sky and the brown dunes so I set out to find some interesting compositions that didn't have to many foot prints.
Editing
I do a fair amount of processing on my photos to get the look that I like. In the case of this photo I think made a black and white version and a color version but didn't like either so blended the to together to get a kind of other worldly feel.
In my camera bag
My travel bag usually includes a Nikon D7000 body, a Nikkor 18-300mm and a Tokina 11-16 wide angle. I generally travel pretty light so that I can fit my gear into my laptop bag. I throw my Really Right Stuff ball head in my bag too. I check my Manfrotto tripod when traveling by air but keep a small backup in my bag in case my luggage gets lost.
Feedback
The sand dunes in Death Valley National Park provide great photo opportunities night or day. It is worth trying both to see what you can get. Hiking in a bit farther helps to not see so many tracks from people walking around. Night shots will require a good tripod, long exposures of 15 to 30 seconds and a good headlamp is helpful.

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