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The Ibex Sand Dunes are an isolated set of beautiful sand dunes set against the backdrop of the Saddle Peak Hills at the southern end of Death Valley. The Ibex...
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The Ibex Sand Dunes are an isolated set of beautiful sand dunes set against the backdrop of the Saddle Peak Hills at the southern end of Death Valley. The Ibex Dunes formed from sand blown east from the floodplains of the Amargosa River. The Saddle Peak Hills, a small cluster of mountains provide the stunning backdrop to the dunes; they also provide a barrier between Highway 127, and the dunes. Because of their semi-remote location, and the inability to see them from a paved road, they are one of the least visited dunes in the park. The dunes and the area surrounding them have been declared wilderness, meaning, you are not able to drive on or up to the dunes. You are free however to do the roughly 1.5 mile hike out to the them.
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speterson6 PRO+
 
speterson6 May 30, 2018
Phenomenal dune scene. Great light and textures.
cheriejordan PRO+
 
cheriejordan June 30, 2018
Love this shot. It made me feel calm and peaceful. Thanks for sharing!
ambertrudi
 
ambertrudi July 14, 2018
Beautiful shot.
steveberkley PRO
 
steveberkley September 16, 2018
Thank you for all the nice comments!
Paulacook144 PRO+
 
Paulacook144 September 21, 2018
Lovely light in this image.
sterretje
 
sterretje October 08, 2018
Congratulations!!!
Aeri
 
Aeri October 08, 2018
Stunning shot with great composition and details πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ and congratulations on your people\'s choice award πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ regards Lokesh Aeri
JayneBug PRO+
 
JayneBug October 08, 2018
The image is fantastic, the lighting takes it over the top! Congratulations.
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 October 08, 2018
Sometimes winners of these challenges I don’t feel are the best choice .... however this is clearly the exception !! This is an incredible shot and well deserved win. Congrats!
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole October 08, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous!! Love the colors and light....amazing! Congrats on your well deserved challenge win!! : )
steveberkley PRO
 
steveberkley October 08, 2018
Thank you for all the comments! We hiked out in a sandstorm to this location (I don't recommend wearing shorts) and were so lucky when everything became very calm and this scene emerged. And a special thank you to the guide Marc Adamus for taking us to this amazing spot and giving great field and processing instruction.
hiyahercfarm PRO+
 
hiyahercfarm October 08, 2018
Absolutely lovely! Amazing capture. Love it!
Nostroboy PRO+
 
Nostroboy October 08, 2018
I love the simplicity here and the lines !
Vash01Photo PRO
 
Vash01Photo October 08, 2018
Gorgeous!
bobbytaylor71 Premium
 
bobbytaylor71 January 20, 2019
Outstanding ... Congrats on your Challenge Win, well done.
Hood PRO+
 
Hood April 01, 2019
Amazing shot...love the leading lines.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Death Valley at the Ibex Sand Dunes near Baker, California. I was with a group of photographers, and It was a bit of a hike to get out to this spot. When we arrived there was a sandstorm happening, but we decided to go out anyways. We got sandblasted and exfoliated going out, and I have some other pictures that show what it was like. If you use a Mac with Mojave, you might recognize these sand dunes on one of the default desktop photos.
Time
By sunset though, the sandstorm stopped and the scene became very calm. We got to the top of a ridge looking down around 6PM, and everything just lit up perfectly. Even the shots on my iPhone came out great!
Lighting
Well there was a specific angle that made this shot work with the lines in the sand leading to the dunes, so we had to get down low. The shots we wanted required us to be off tripods, and the lighting was pretty low, so the ISO had to come up a bit, which is OK especially if you are shooting sand.
Equipment
This was shot on a Nikon D850 with the 14-24mm f/2.8 lens ISO 200 1/160s at f/10. As I mentioned, the low vantage point we were shooting from wasn't amenable to a tripod.
Inspiration
This is a wonderful vantage point for the Ibex dunes, and when we saw it there was no question that we had to shoot it because the sunset was amazing. Finding the right spot took a bit of experimenting. In the right spot, the clouds were pointing at the dunes and the sand created great leading lines to the primary subject.
Editing
Yes, using Photoshop - we got really close to the scene and so to get this image two shots were stitched together. Getting the sand lines to line up in the stitch was a bit tricky. Other than that, everything else was your standard dodge/burn, shadows/highlights, color adjustments, split toning, etc.
In my camera bag
Nikon D850, Nikon Z7, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, Tamron 24-70mm G2, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8, Vanguard tripod, B&H and Breakthrough Photography ND 3 & 6 stop filters, Nisi Q system filter holder for 14-24mm, Parrot Anafi drone, Vanguard backpack.
Feedback
Don't be afraid to get off the tripod and shoot handheld. This lets you try a lot of different angles and do small corrections you can't easily do when on the tripod. Look for leading lines and good weather! Sometimes the light after the sunset is better than at sunset.

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