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Liquid Sand

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 30 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural.


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While I'm in Death Valley co-teaching a workshop with Gary Hart, I thought I would post a bit of an abstract "fun" image, which was an outtake from a shoot I did along the Big Sur coast last month.

A seasonal creek had cut across one of the local beaches, and the small sand ripples caught my attention. A literal image held no fascination for me, so I decided to play with various shutter speeds to see what it would do to the running water. The result is what I call Liquid Sand.

On the technical side, I used a 70-200mmL lens at f/16, along with a Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density filter, and just dialed in and out different densities to allow for various shutter speeds. I settled on this one (at 3/10's of a second), if for no other reason, it looked artsy and a bit abstract. Processing was pretty straight forward, just a bit of a bump of contrast using the Curves box in Photoshop.

I actually sent this off in a recent submission to Getty Images; will be interesting to see if they go for it as they generally decline abstracts (perhaps I will get that one editor...).

Anyway, I will be returning next week form the Valley of Death! Actually January is a great time to photograph DV as there are no tourists and one feels as if you have the park to yourself! Great time to be on the dunes - very few footprints to deal with!

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 3/10 second F/16.0 ISO 200 130 mm

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