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GeraintI Sep 11
This is stunning. I love the depth in this photo.
cavazbe Sep 12
Thank you so much, Geraint and I greatly appreciate your comment.
jesshorton Sep 11
Gorgeous photograph. This is the kind of photography I aspire towards.
cavazbe Sep 12
Thank you, Jess--that is very kind of you to say. May you have great luck with your shooting!
Awesome image,so clean and flowing lines, love the shadows.Top marks.
cavazbe Sep 12
Thank you again, Tony and greatly appreciated!
Namibkind Sep 14
cavazbe Sep 15
Thank you!

Dunes in the morning





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Behind The Lens

I took this photo at Death Valley National Park in California while on a family vacation.
While in Death Valley I went on a photo tour of the and got to go to to some amazing places in the park. We met early in the morning to specifically catch the morning light and shadows on the dunes. (These dunes were where they filed parts of the original Star Wars movies, which made this even cooler. There was a bit of an early morning hike involved to get to the dunes, but it was well worth the effort. The photo was taken on December 13, 2015, at 7:11 AM.
While I was hoping for a spectacular California desert sunrise, a colorful sunrise was just not n the cards; however, the morning light was amazing. I remember golden light all over the place, highlight the S-curves on one side and shadows on the other. It was hard to compartmentalize the entire landscape into a single photo.
I used a Canon 5D Mark III paired with the EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM.
As I mentioned earlier, I liked how the lights and shadows were playing on the sand dunes. The contrast between the gold sand and the blue sky provided for some great color contrast. What I was particularly amzazed with was the diversity of the landscape and how quickly it changes from a few miles. This shot is litteraly a play on contransts--light & shadow, hot & cold (tones), soaring heights & extreme lows.
Belive it or not, there wasn't much processing to be done to this photo. I was lucky enough with just the right conditions to get what I needed SOOC. Global and selective tonal and contrast adjustments were primarly used in processing the final image.
In my camera bag
When it comes to what I carry with me, I tend to be a packrat and I usually have more gear than I need. I've been trying to pare down my pack weight, but I usually fail miserably. Along with my camera (now a 5D mark IV) and the 24-70, I have the 16-35 f/2.8L USM II and the 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM II. Depending on hiking and what my shooting goals are, I'll pack the Really Right Stuff TVC-33 with the BH55 ballhead or the much more compact Really Right Stuff TQC and BH30. A polarizer, intervelometer, a roll of gaffer's tape (comes in really handy) and the Big and Little stopper are almosty always in my bag.
Death Valley is quite an amazing place and so much diversity is packed within the area. In a few hours you can be several hundred feet below sea level and then thousands of feet aboe sea level. One of the problems I ran into was trying to caprure it all in photos My adivce is take the time to enjoy what is around you and put the camrea down so you can take in the beauty of the area. Light plays such an important part in making these types of photos, espeically at Death Valley. Also, don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try new things with your photography.

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