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I captured this on my last trip to Death Valley National Park. I was looking for side lighting to give detail to the sand and the dunes, so I was up before sunrise and found this little gem.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-70.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Mar 2012 - 7:41 AM
Focal Length:27mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.7
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:The Pinnacle
Username:dpenman dpenman
Uploaded:10 Jan 2013 - 3:16 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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debu
debu Plus Member 5debu vcard India
10 Jan 2013 - 3:18 AM

Very nice landscape.
debu

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper Plus Member 6108 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 6:47 AM

Superb composition, great image.

Andy

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IanBurton
IanBurton Plus Member 578 forum postsIanBurton vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 8:18 AM

A fine example of less is more. Well done.
Ian.

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widtink
widtink Plus Member 2406 forum postswidtink vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 8:30 AM

stunning love it Smile composition is fantastic

Rod

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Mike43
Mike43 Plus Member 3Mike43 vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 9:16 AM

For me there is no sense of scale to the Sand Dunes, and the composition is not to strong neither, which is a shame because it sounds a great location.
Sorry.
Mike.

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 9:49 AM

Mike has hit the proverbial nail on the head here, the lack of scale means this could be anything from what it is to a pile of salt on a table. A camel or a figure would do very nicely here to provide that information together with some detail in the sky like maybe just darker and a little more of it.

EXIF is good for what you were attempting it just needs something to provide scale.

Frank

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 101015 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3022 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 3:04 PM

Shapes and curves, light and shadow I like, but I wonder why not colour?


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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 101015 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3022 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 3:12 PM

Uploaded a couple of mods.

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paulbroad
paulbroad Plus Member 7104 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom892 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 7:29 PM

You are passing comment on your own image, little gem. Afraid not for me. I would have stayed with colour and gone for some contrast and a deep blue sky. This is a very subjective image, and one man's gem is not necessarily anothers.

Paul

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking Plus Member 2124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 11:14 PM

Hi Dustin, I like this image but for me the B+W is lacking contrast. In colour it would be a wonderful combination of sand yellow tones complimented by the blue sky colouring. Here for me its all about the shape and the contrast. I have loaded a mod to demonstrate what I mean, I realise it may not be what your looking for but I hope it shows my thoughts and intentions.
I have increased the contrast and brightness through the levels layer, this brings more definition to the shape of the dune itself, I then used the dodge and burn tools to bring some extra emphasis to the sand itself.

Eric

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 101015 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3022 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 1:17 AM

I dont believe the sand is actually yellow in this location, more white - buts its a while since Ive been there. Definitely no camels!


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