On the Dunes
The last time I was out on the sand dunes I got caught in a sand storm with winds gusting up to 35mph. The sun had already set and I had ventured over a mile out unto the dunes when the winds picked up. Every time I crested a dune on my walk back to the truck I was met with a face full of flying sand. It took me days after returning home before I truly felt sand free. All this is to say that it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I ventured back out onto the dunes when the weather forecast called for 20mph winds.
It turned out to be one of those times where the forecast was dead wrong and I was pleasantly surprised to have a very calm afternoon during my time on the dunes. I had scouted an area to the east earlier in the day and decided to try the western edge of the dunes. This proved to be a good idea. It’s hard to go wrong with sunset on sand dunes – the brilliant golden light is reflected by the sand and the shadows created by the dunes add so much character to photos. But the light AFTER sunset – that was incredible. Here are some of my favorite shots from the afternoon.
This was something else. I knew what I was really looking for was sand dunes during the blue hour. I found this formation earlier and headed back to it just after the sun set. I watched, as I so often do, the light slowly change from brilliant gold until the stars just began to come out before snapping the shutter. I couldn’t be happier with the results.