Why a Wonder - the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are a spectacular part of Death Valley National Park in California. The dunes vary in size and extend over a large area of the valley. The contrasts and textures attract photographers and non-photographers, alike.
Where - Along Hwy 190 near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park.
When - The best time to get all that contrast and texture is when the sun is low in the sky. Just before sunset, and just after, as well as early morning.
Photography - Walk out on to the dunes, along the ridges to make as few footprints as possible. A tripod is a good idea but be aware the shifting sands! Bring multiple cameras with wide and telephoto lenses so you do not have to change lenses. The sand, even if not blowing, can easily get into your camera! Get wide views and then zoom in for the more intimate landscapes for all that texture and contrasts. Bring a bag for your cameras as sandstorms come up suddenly and the bag is the best way to protect them after you get a few images of the blowing sand. This is also a great place for night sky photography.
Learn More - NPS website: https://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/sand-dunes.htm
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