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By CraigBill    
Sand dunes have always captivated me. Dynamic and changing - they are never the same. These environments can be blazing hot during the day and then cool as mountain air that night.

I wanted to capture this dynamic landscape in another way, again allowing the viewer to experience in a single image, that incorporates and reveals this sweeping period of time that otherwise the eye can not directly proof.

“Odyssey” is the name I gave this image as I thought about the journey of light and time around these quiet West Texas dunes. At night, I setup my camera to take a series of many pictures (after the moon set) to capture the southern star trails over several hours. Early in the morning, just as the sun was breaking the horizon, I exposed the last frame showing the long early shadows.

To arrive at the final image, I had to fuse more than eighty exposures into one. Thanks to the cooperation of no clouds, low or mild wind, mostly no moon, and extra batteries, “Odyssey” was born.

Tags: Sand Tree Desert Panoramic Dunes Stars Star trails Pano Landscape and travel Night and Day

Voters: LoryC, youmightlikethis, Ball82 and 46 more

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1 Jun 2019 9:50PM
Outstanding work.

alfpics Plus
19 374 4 England
1 Jun 2019 11:16PM
Worth the effort!
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 398
2 Jun 2019 12:26AM
It takes me long to catch up with my award manager, but worry not I never finish jobs for the following year.
Great image, bravo!
Lovely image, a big job but it paid off. Great colour and shadows
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2019 6:54AM
An excellent and superbly processed composition.
ColleenA Plus
8 471 7 Australia
2 Jun 2019 6:56AM
Amazing work
Creative and visually stunning.
Juanita 3 5
2 Jun 2019 8:10AM
Very clever, creative but so simple in its effect, but obviously a lot of work and thought given to create this wonderful result, stunning.
sawsengee Plus
14 6 40 Malaysia
2 Jun 2019 8:25AM
stunning landscape & visual Smile
barrywebb 14 44 7 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2019 1:29PM
A simply stunning image! Simple in it's composition and complimentary colours but complex in it's method. I would love to know all the details of your thinking and technique to arrive at this amazing result. 80 shots!, that makes my head hurt! You should write a book on it! Smile
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2019 3:00PM
A fabulous result of all your work.
felixdcat 6 5 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2019 6:36PM
outstanding is a phrase sometimes over used in praise of the high standard Smileof work on this site but outstanding is what this photo is & its worth every single press of the shutter its very professional i can only say it again outstanding.
3 Jun 2019 8:12PM
Unique and outstanding image and hard work, love it have my award!!!
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 398
11 Oct 2019 1:34PM
Said it, done it.
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