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on Jun 11, 2019 in Landscape Photography

Them Cold Sands …

Sand Tufas
captured by Z7 / Z14-30

When you first lay down in the sand, a chill instantly runs through you! At 6700′, the below freezing night temps put a chill on the sand that is only replaced when you look up. Cause that’s the only way you want to photograph the Sand Tufas, with your cheek (you decide which one I’m referring to), down in that sand with the camera pointing up. I first ventured to the Sand Tufas in 1959 and I’m just as hooked and intrigued by them today as I was then. These features are no more than four feet tall take on fairy tale shapes and SciFi mystery when you meet them at their level.

Sand Tufas
captured by Z7 / Z14-30

The hardest part of making the shot (besides getting up from the sand and not coating your gear with sand) is walking around and thinking what the photo would look like from a crickets point of view. The key is remembering the photo is all about texture which requires shadows to bring it out. Shooting the Z7 / Z14-30 made it easier because one, it goes so low with its small size and two, the flip out monitor. The Sand Tufas are fragile so once you get down, fining tuning your camera placement (ie your body) requires slow movements so as to not break anything. The shooting period is short as the sun raises fast but in a short period of an hour, it’s easy to have lots of fun photos full of imagination. And yet, when you leave, them sands are still cold.

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