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Dawn on the Stovepipe Wells Dunes

Zane Paxton

San Carlos, United States

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Death Valley National Park, California, USA

One of my personal favorites. The hardscrabble and Mesquite define this amazing place.

Initially I rejected this image, conventional thinking was that I didn’t capture the pure, abstraction of just “dunes”. After some introspection I started to develop the idea that the “pure & abstract” images were more “universal”. In the end I found that the universal abstractions were less interesting because they could be anywhere on the planet.

What I like about this image is that it embraces what is unique to these dunes in this specific place. At first I thought that the Mesquite and hard scrabble dried mud were annoying distractions; now I see them as an integral part of a “visual story” about this place. Now this is one of my favorite Death Valley images.

FujiFilm FinePix S2 Pro ,Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S
1/45s f/9.5 at 17.0mm ISO100, tripod


Featured in the Group: The Freelance Photographers 11-11-2011
Featured in the group: Let There beLight 6-16-2011
Named February 2011 atmospheric land and seascape group award for excellence winner Atmospheric Land and Seascape Group

Featured in the Group: Landscapes of our World 10-25-2010
In the “top ten” in the Landscape Photography challenge 7-11-2010
In the “top ten” in the Fuji Featured Photo Challenge 7-7-2010
In the “top ten” in the Perfect Fuji Photo challenge 7-15-2010
Featured in the Group: Artistic, Creative & Very Talented! 6-5-2010
Featured in the group: Color and Light 5-28-2010
Featured in the group: California Sound
Featured in the group: Atmoshperic Land and Seascapes
Featured in the group: Style! Class! Elegance! Excellence!
Featured in the group: Dawn and Dusk Light [No Sun]
Featured in the group: The Great Outdoors:

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