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Challenge: Free Study 2012-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
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Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Nikon
Location: Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park, US
Date: Oct 17, 2012
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2012

Mesquite Dunes are one of the most frequented Death Valley (CA/NV) destinations. I wanted a picture without footsteps so I decided to walk around the biggest dune.

I saw these two guys walking back, their long shadows on the dunes and the evening sun created a dramatic light.

Soon I was alone in the dunes and the only sound I could hear was my own breathing. It was both beautiful and unnerving. As the night fell, I watched the milky way for a while.

Perception of distance at a place like Death Valley is altered by how much you can see standing at one place, I realized that as I tried to find my way back in complete darkness.

Location: Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park, US

Thread - Planning the trip to Death Valley

Place: 12 out of 225
Avg (all users): 6.6754
Avg (commenters): 8.7143
Avg (participants): 6.6049
Avg (non-participants): 6.8485
Views since voting: 502
Views during voting: 202
Votes: 114
Comments: 9
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11/10/2012 08:42:19 PM
Awww, Vikas. I thought this was yours when I saw it.
Isn't amazing what light and shadows can do to the dunes?
And this is still such a small part of the enchantment of Death Valley.
I'm glad you didn't miss this part of the beauty.
The racetrack can wait until you plan a carefully researched week (or more) in the area.
THIS is splendid. Including those delightful two little people shadows down below.

ETA:I hope you have a few pics left over to show us from this trip.

Message edited by author 2012-11-10 20:44:30.
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11/08/2012 06:05:02 AM
Damn, another great shot and high finish. You're so darn consistent.
Any chance you can forget to enter the November FS?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2012 11:57:03 PM
Beautiful light and shadow on those sculptured dunes.
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11/07/2012 08:57:54 PM
The extreme darkness of the upper right bothers me a bit but I love the strata of the overall design and especially the two figures and their long shadows. Top ten for me. Voted earlier.
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11/07/2012 07:16:37 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: Great landscape and wonderful layered tones but the distant people are a masterstroke. Additional interest and a sense of scale is given by their presence.

Critical stuff: Not really, though I suppose it could stand a crop from the right side.

Overall: Great stuff
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11/06/2012 02:36:42 AM
amazing capture, edition and composition. Good Luck 10
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11/02/2012 08:33:44 AM
Terrific contrasts!! :) 8
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11/01/2012 01:44:48 PM
Very nice. Love B&W Landscape shots. Appears to be Colorado?
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11/01/2012 12:19:40 AM
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