Pic of the Week: Early Morning Glow: White Sands
Location: White Sands National Monument
Date Taken: 9/5/16
I'm slowly getting through some of these images of White Sands, but there are a few that stand out in particular for me. The images that were difficult to capture, something extraordinarily beautiful, or maybe even something I stumbled upon while shooting these are the images that resonate with me. After a very long and windy night we woke up early to search for a good location for sunrise. We were beat. The wind kept slamming into our tent waking us up during those precious moments of sleep. We were groggy making the trek up some of the sand dunes, but once we found our spot we just needed to sit tight and wait for the light.
I think one of the most impressive things about White Sands was how the light would change the entire landscape. Now light is obviously important to a landscape photographer, and we want that light hitting our subject and bring the viewer's attention to said subject, but while I could envision what I thought the light would do it did things I didn't even think about. For example, in this image I knew the light would hit the mountains and some of the clouds and dunes, but I didn't think about my foreground. I couldn't really even make out the ridges and waves in the sand right infront of me, but once the sun reached a certain position the light began to harden the shadows revealing the depth of the dune I was standing on. Not only that, but the sun reflected on some of the larger selinite pieces in the sand giving the dune a glistening appearance.
This discovery, the uncovering of the shot, is what fuels me as a photographer. One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite photographers was “Sometimes I show up just when God is ready for someone to press the shutter.” by Ansel Adams and I feel that a lot too. It can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.
Early Morning Glow: White Sands, NM © Ben Jacobi