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Eureka Dunes, Death Valley

When I walked into Death Valley I was in darkness. I know intellectually there is a picture but I can’t see it. However, I do know that given a long enough exposure my camera will be able to record what my eyes cannot see. That is the one incentive that kept me moving forward.
Each time I thought there was a valley or a crest in the distance, I’d hike there only to find it disappear under my feet. Subtle tones would trick my eyes so I relied on long camera exposures to help me find interesting scenes. For this pic, I moved left, right, closer and further for almost an hour. The dim moonlight was enough for the camera to work with so I kept trying. When I finally saw this scene in my LED I was thrilled with the soft tones and the deep shadow.

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