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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo is taken in the Mesquite Dunes part of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park. It might seem like it is an endless desert, but in fact there is just a selected number of dunes.
Time
Jet lag is not always your enemy, sometimes it helps you to wake up early at crack of dawn and take photos like this! It's about 7 am.
Lighting
You can see how long and deep the shadows are of the first morning light. I guess it adds something to the photo.
Equipment
I used my Fujifilm XT-2 camera and 10-24 lens with the polarizer on it. It's not such a good idea to use polarizer on wide lenses like this one, so I had one side of the sky much more darker blue than the other, so I tried to fix it in photoshop.
Inspiration
I find it quite ironic that I live in the desert (in the Middle East) and I almost never take pictures like this in here, although there is no lack of views. I guess that's the reality of travel-inspired photographers. This photo also ended up in a gallery of "invitation to travel" by Vacheron Constantine watch. Maybe I should just get out and take more desert images.
Editing
I added colours to the sand with Nik Colour Effex Pro. A bit of contrast and fixed the sky that was too polarized on one side.
In my camera bag
For travelling I'd say my to go set up is Fujifilm XT-2, Fujinon 10-24, 10 stops ND, polarizer, remote control. If I am planning to shoot some wild animals, I take a longer lens like 50-140.
Feedback
Go low and follow the ripples in the sand... it's always a nice leading line.

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