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Desert Walk v2 | Glamis, California

Desert Walk v2 | Glamis, California

Desert Walk v2 | Glamis, California
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Behind The Lens

A few hours east from the coast of San Diego, there are a bunch of sand dunes. Any time I am out that way or headed to AZ its always worth stopping here and taking a few shots. Its actually a pretty big area and there are a lot of neat spots out here to see and walk around. The only downside is its super super windy and sand likes to get in every inch of your lens and camera.
This was late afternoon facing south. The sun was in a great spot to give some nice light to the dunes and cast some neat shadows.
This specific spot faces south, so when the sun is overhead or more to the west, the lighting is great here and casts some neat shadows. Everything I shoot is always in natural light. In my opinion, flash is not organic light and defeats the purpose of capturing a scene in its natural state. Learn your camera settings, learn to use ambient light, and try to get everything exposed in camera without the help of external light sources.
Canon 5DMarkII + Canon 16-35 f4 I try to keep minimal gear with me at this location because of how windy it can be and sand gets everywhere. If I brought a bag or a tripod or a flash or anything, I'm sure id end up finding a sandcastle in my bag by the time I'm done shooting.
This day specifically I had just stopped to take a driving break and saw this cool part of the dunes. My car is literally right behind me on the road and we walked like 20 feet to this spot. I took a couple pictures and it was so windy we left after a few minutes. I just really liked the curve of the dunes here.
All my photos are edited in Lightroom. Trying to get the image properly exposed in camera is important though so it makes the editing process easier. Adjusting the crop and the colors are mainly what I use Lightroom for.
In my camera bag
Honestly it really depends on where I am going. A couple DSLRs, and a few lenses. My current go to is the Canon 5DSR and the Canon 11-24 f/4 and the Canon 16-35 f/4. I also shoot a lot of landscapes with the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro and the Canon 100-400mm. It sounds weird but those lenses are so sharp and I love the compression it creates if you can get far enough away from your scene. I also have a few DJI drones with me for aerial shots. Lastly, a bunch of ND filters and tripods and all the usual accessories in case I need them.
You don't need anything special to take good photos. You can literally use a phone camera and still get great shots. Don't be discouraged if you don't have "professional" equipment. The most important thing is your creativity and composition skills. If you see something cool, just take whatever camera you have and shoot it from a bunch of angles until you get a shot you are happy with. Enjoy being out exploring and adventuring more than shooting.

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