Hi everyone and welcome to today’s post. This is another image from my recent trip to White Sands National Monument. I made many images on this trip but this one continues to standout for me and represents the kind of photograph I visualized making, even before arriving. I have made three trips to White Sands and each one allowed me to gain a better understanding of the light and compositions that were possible. In my minds eye I wanted to shoot this grand scene. I wanted to express the leading lines of dune edge and ripples as they merged, then melted away, in the far horizon. But I needed the right light, the right composition, and the clouds to bring all this together.
The “choice of the moment” was an important consideration. Just minutes before this shot clouds blocked the light. And just seconds after the final exposures were made the sun was once again obscured. Timing is truly everything and on this day I got it right. Though this image is made up of only two exposures, essentially focus brackets for extended depth of field, I made nearly 20 shots to get it. I did not wait for the moment but anticipated what might happen by watching the movement of the clouds relative to the sun and shooting through this. I set my focus brackets and shot before the sun emerged. This gave me the advantage on knowing what I needed to do when, and if, the lights came on. And when they did I was ready. Everything came together for the briefest of moments to capture 6 frames of the decisive moment. This timing takes some practice. It is a process of slowing down, oddly enough, to watch the events in the landscape unfold. I don’t always get this right and it remains a mindful practice for me. Sometimes the difference between a good image and a great one is fractions of a second. Being ready and able to anticipate, or envision the shot, will often lead you to a wonderful result.
Camera Settings: Nikon D800E and a Tokina 16-28mm, f2.8 lens at 22mm. Image exposed at ISO 50 at f11 for 1/250 seconds. This is a two shot, focus bracketed image processed in LR 4.4 and finished in PS 5.5
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Image ©2013 Robert H Clark Photography.