Death Valley Part III

April 29, 2013 by Jason Hines

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.

Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes

Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes

Death Valley Sand Dunes

Mesquite Sand Dunes

Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes

Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes

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.

Death Valley Fine Art Photography By Jason Hines


  1. LensScaper says:

    Beautifully shot. And only one set of footprints in sight – and actually in that image they add somethigng to the shot
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