I’ve been waiting for quite a while for a day with clear blue skies so I could capture harsh contrasty images, and with a clear blue sky I’m able to apply a red filter which turns anything blue into a dark grey or black, and with the neutral colored sand, there’s potential for some interesting images.

Even though I left my house at 5:30 am, I had no intention of shooting the sunrise as I was determined to focus my attention on black and white images which highlighted shapes and lines, however, upon arriving at the location I noticed a sliver of the moon, and decided to see how some black and white sunrise images would look.

When I arrived the air was crisp and cold which formed a layer a frost on parts of the dunes, and the light of the rising sun caught the formations on the dunes to further accentuate the patterns with harsh shadows.

I’ve been here a handful of times and I’m always impressed with how much the dunes change every times I come out. The dunes are never the same from one visit to another.

As the sun broke the horizon and began lighting the tops of the dunes I knew it was going to be the perfect day to capture the images I had previsualized the evening prior.

The image above is what I had wanted to make for several years. In the film days the photographer would use a red glass filter over the lens to darken the sky, but today this can be done on the computer. My full intent was to exagerate the contrast for a more abstract image, and needed a perfectly clear blue sky to achieve this.


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