Frozen Dunes at Dawn by Derek Brawdy
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Frozen Dunes at Dawn

May 26, 2018

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. I had foolishly ridden my motorcycle through a freezing spring rainstorm and camped out in sub-zero temperatures the night before. When I pried myself from my ice-clad tent the following morning before sunrise, I found the dunes crusted over with ice and a light snowfall that quickly melted away as the sunrise warmed the sands.

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Guilherme Checchia's picture

Beautiful!!
What type of lens did you used?

Derek Brawdy's picture

Hi Guilherme,
On this trip, I experienced a light leak with my primary camera, which at the time was a Canon 6D, and had to resort to my backup, a Canon T3i (crop sensor) with a Tamron 10-24mm lens. I was lucky to have brought it along, otherwise it would have been a wasted trip through pretty miserable conditions for nothing as all the images on my primary camera body were unuseable. Now, I pack an extra camera body on all of my outings, just in case...

Guilherme Checchia's picture

Thank you!
I asked because more and more I see people advocating for using long lens for landscape (like 70-200) and I thought it was the case, looking at the mountains in the background!
Awesome portfolio you have!

Derek Brawdy's picture

Hi Guilherme, Thank you.
I do use longer focal lengths for many landscapes, especially if I am doing a multi-row panorama that I want a very high resolution final image that I can create a very large final product. If you look at my panorama of Dubai cityscape, that image was taken at 85mm and is comprised of many individual frames, with the final image being quite large as a result; it takes a lot of time and computer resources to produce, but can be printed at very large sizes and with great detail. I hope that helps you with your question.

Guilherme Checchia's picture

Thank you! It really helps!!!