Pic of the Week_Perry Sand Dunes_Southwest NSW

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series USM lens @ 35mm. Exposure Details: 1/13 second @ f10 ISO 100.

I only had about 20 minutes to wander around and photograph at the Perry Sand Dunes near Wentworth in far southwest NSW. This image was shot directly into the sun, so flare was a problem. I crouched down low, to accentuate the size of the dune, gripped the camera with my right hand and used by left to shade the front element of the lens and, thereby, eliminate the sun spots that seemed to be having a merry old time on my lens.

I needed to ensure that I could hold depth of field (DOF) from the foreground right through to the back of the image. That, together with the low angle of view and the repeating light and dark textures within the dune, added a 3-dimensional quality to the image.

It was late afternoon and, while sunset promised soft, warm light I was an hour or so early, with commitments at the end of the day. The tonality, texture, pattern and repetition within the frame suggested a black-and-white treatment. I also wanted to give the impression of warm light in a black-and-white image so I added a warm tone to the photo during image processing.

Processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography
Glenn Guy