White Sands National Monument: New Mexico: September 2015

How’s it going everyone, it’s been awhile. I just recently got back after a week of exploring southerner New Mexico, Aspen area of Colorado, and Palo Duro Canyon State park near Amarillo Texas.

The first set of images come from White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico.

I have to say throughout all my traveling/landscape photography over the last three years  (without a doubt in mind) that White Sands is the most beautiful landscape that I have been privileged to experience .

Every direction along this trail, there is a oasis of gorgeous landscape and dune formation views to be discovered.

All these photos I have to share with you, where taken from the Alkali Flat trail.

Before I made my journey on this jaw-dropping trail, I had been on two previous treks that ended in disappointment. And by disappointment,  I mean just heavy vegetated dunes that had been marked by previous visitors that had some intrigue potential.

In all honestly there is nothing at White Sands that doesn’t disappoint. You just need to make more of a effort to find those secluded photo opportunities.

My goal was to hopefully discover some unmarked dunes that had yet been trampled on by hikers footprints. About a half mile in, I found myself staring at this late afternoon shadow formation, without a single person in sight. I knew this was it, the great gem of a landscape image that I had been looking for all day.

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Late afternoon dune shadow formation: Alkali flat dune trail: White Sands National Monument.

Technical :13mm at f/8, Nikon D5200, 12-24 Nikkor lens, 3-stop variable ND filter, Manfrotto 055 Tripod.

Post: Single exposure: Raw file edit and saved as a TIFF in Capture NX-D. Imported to LR5 for final vision/processing.

Higher resolution image at http://www.swinneastudios.com/White-Sands-National-Monument/i-gdFtDqR

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Monochrome White Sands dune formation.

Technical :18mm at f/8, Nikon D5200, 12-24 Nikkor lens, 3-stop variable ND filter, Manfrotto 055 Tripod.

Post: Single exposure: Raw file edit and saved as a  Monochrome TIFF in Capture NX-D. Imported to LR5 where I selected the present Black and White 4. Edited that to my preference. Also a little vignette.

Higher resolution photo at http://www.swinneastudios.com/White-Sands-National-Monument/i-vCBdjxj/A

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Technical: 13mm at f/8,  Nikon D5200, 12-24 Nikkor lens, 3-stop ND filter, Manfrotto 055 tripod.

Post- Single exposure TIFF that was edited in Lightroom 5.7.

Higher resolution photo can be found at http://www.swinneastudios.com/White-Sands-National-Monument/i-3Rp66W6

Below are 3 before and after screenshots.

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Thanks for visiting my photo blog today. Please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below.

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