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Death Valley dunes at sunset. I was drawn to the quickly shifting light as I hiked across the dunes. I had to react fast to a scene, as it changed so fast. Enjoy.

Lens:EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:125mm
Aperture:f/9
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:spot
Flash:no Flash
White Balance:shade
Title:Shifting light
Username:dpenman dpenman
Uploaded:17 Mar 2013 - 10:27 PM
Tags:Abstract, Death, Dunes, Dustin, Landscape / travel, Penman, Sand, Sunset, Valley
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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 8johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2013 - 10:38 PM

It must be great to have the opertunity to capture images like this.Great shot.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 12:25 AM

Can't fault the composition. My only critique would be the white sky.
Matt

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
18 Mar 2013 - 12:41 AM

Fotografía bien trabajada..

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pablophotographer e2 Member 3496 forum postspablophotographer vcard 188 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 12:56 AM

Nice abstract but I can't believe how white the sky looks like, was it so much white?

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miraclebaby
miraclebaby e2 Member 1miraclebaby vcard
18 Mar 2013 - 1:38 AM

Could have been better if clouds were not really white but still a beautiful image. One of my dream shots!

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dpenman
dpenman e2 Member 2dpenman vcard United States
18 Mar 2013 - 1:53 AM

The back ground sky was a light grey/tan in color, as a dust storm had pickup and a massive wall of sand/dust was headed my may, not uncommon there in Death Valley. The grey wall was without any detail and really sucked the life out of this otherwise killer image, so I opted to make the sky brighter then it was and made it white. Thanks for all your comments.

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 8:47 AM

The foreground is, indeed, superbly recorded, the sky, even if it was so bland, is a bit of a let down I fear. Needs some tone to balance the dunes. You seem to have decided how good the image is, so why the critique section.

Paul

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 8:50 AM

I love the shapes that the light & shade have created,this must have been a sight to behold !
The expanse of white above does spoil this as a reportage image but...may work as an abstract print,where the viewer has to look deeper to make out what the subject is as the shapes are so very fascinating.
The small triangle of lighter colour bottom left could do with removing imho in order to make this a very clean, graphic image.
I like the central line of contrast which draws me upward to the top of the dune....a nice line of Camels & riders would have really put the lid on this image Wink
Why not try dropping a bit of a gradient onto the white sky on top of your original,it may or may not work but would certainly be worth having a go.

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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England16 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2013 - 8:59 AM

Just a thought have you tried it in B&W?
Mike.

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