Dawn's Early Light, White Sands, New Mexico by Mitchell Tillison

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The first blush of a new day at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Pentax K20D, a five shot HDR shot at ISO 100, variable shutter speeds, F6.3. Blended and tone mapped in Photomatix with very subtle settings.


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  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 5 years ago

    What a beautiful place! You are so lucky, living around this area! (I gather you do, from your profile…) And very subtle, as you say, so pastel and perfect! :)

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaabout 5 years ago

    This is beautiful — I’d like to put my hands and feet into sand that’s white like that. Even in “Sandy Valley” Nevada, our sand was brown. Really a gorgeous photo!

  • janeymac
    janeymacabout 5 years ago

    breathtaking!!! what a beautiful place

  • Bezay
    Bezayabout 5 years ago

  • kukawa
    kukawaabout 5 years ago

    Beautifully Captured! This Image looks like it may have been a little HOT!!! Congratulations on your Feature! Very Well deserved! Peace, Syl : )

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