Monday, April 20, 2009

"Study In White"

"Study In White"
©David A. Ziser

This image was made last week as we left El Paso heading to Albuquerque and made a detour to White Sands National Monument. White Sands National Monument is the largest natural gypsum sand dunes in the world. The visit was both inspiring and eerie. The plows, I guess "sand plows" as opposed to snow plows, had cleared the roads for the park access. We made our way as far as we could, climbed the dunes and saw brilliant white everywhere - very, very cool. I like this image because it captures the clear blue sky against the simple beauty of the dunes. The ongoing winds keep the dunes on the move. The grasses in the foreground are constantly resisting but to little avail. If I'd only had a bride.......maybe next time! Camera specs; Canon 5D Mk II fitted with 24-105mm IS lens at 32mm, F 20 @ 1/800 second, ISO 500. Enjoy! -David


  1. I love the way the three tufts of grass anchor the picture. They are a pleasant contrast to all that white.

  2. Dave ... I love your photography and can't wait to attend your GWUC in Cincinnati In June.

    I often wonder how you decide what ISO / Speed to use. Outdoors, bright light, white dunes, I would have probably jumped down to 100/200 iso. Just curious what made you pick a higher iso like 500 for thsi photo.

  3. David --

    Beautiful shot of White Sands!!

    Just wanted to say thank you, again, for putting on such a great evening in ABQ -- it was awesome, and I learned so much.

    Safe travels to you and LaDawn! :-)

  4. I, too, would like to thank you for coming to Albuquerque. You kind of "talked me into" staying for the second half even though I had a long drive home and only got a few hours of sleep before having to get up.

    One thing about White Sands, it's one of the easiest places to ruin a camera if the winds start blowing and the fine sand gets into your camera.

    Nice job on the picture.


  5. I often wonder too, why do you use very often such a high ISO. Bright sun, dunes - I would apparently go with ISO as low as possible.

  6. David:

    Thank you for visiting El Paso. I really enjoyed the seminar and came away with a wealth of knowledge.

    The shot at White Sands is wonderful. You are right... it would be an awesome place for a bridal shot. Maybe I'll beat you to it.

    Thanks again... for all you do to educate us.