Charles Haacker wrote:These were made in 2014 on the Epic Road Trip (99 days, 16 states, 16,000 miles &c). This was early May and it was actively snowing on the mountains when we arrived. We'd left rather earlier than normal for the fact that Daphne had been laid up for months with a broken leg that they had let heal naturally but took for EV er. She was so cabin feverish that we threw caution and headed out into the sometimes frozen teeth of early spring. (But if we had it to do over we'd do it again. And again.) We arrived here probably about noon local time with intermittent overcast, snow, yeah the usual and "ya takes yer pitcher wiv the light ya gots," which in this case was nowhere near as dramatic as it would've been much earlier or much later but you know.
These have been reworked this morning in Lightroom (the originals are jpegs). While there isn't as much modeling on the dunes as there might be in better light it's still possible to manipulate things in LR to give the illusion that the light was better than it was. The tiny fly specks you see? Those are people climbing the dunes! It's totally allowed! They are constantly shifting and resculpted by wind. You're allowed to climb, carry a toboggan or whatever with you and slide down, no worries. You won't leave a trace that won't be gone overnight. You can even see some of the sled tracks in these pictures.
I have yet to find my way to the Great Sand Dunes and appreciate you adding the link! Wow they are beautiful! S-