Sunday, 14th February 2016
White Sands Blue Hour
by David Swindler
I found White Sands National Monument to be a fascinating place to photograph. I really wanted to get some night shots, so I woke up at 1AM and stayed out until after sunrise. I hiked way out until I found my perfect dune (not easy to spot in the dark). This shot required a 7-layer focus stack due to depth of field limitations. It was taken about 90 mins before sunrise and the distant lights of Alamogordo provided a nice color accent in the sky.
Equipment: Canon 6D, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, External Lighting
My name is David Swindler and I'm an outdoor photographer and travel enthusiast. After working for 10 years as a semiconductor engineer, I quit my job to follow my true passion. I'm now leading guided photography tours. I primarily do private tours in the Southwest from my base in Kanab, UT.
My foray into photography was slow and steady. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and started work as a Process Engineer for Micron Technology. My specialty was photolithography, a high-tech process of nano-scale printing to form tiny circuitry on silicon chips. As I worked with the optics and exposure equipment, I began to see many parallels with photography. Thus, photography came very easy to me since I had a good background with the basic physics. When not at work, I loved to explore the great outdoors and I wanted to share this natural beauty with others.
I also enjoy teaching others how to improve their photography and there's no better way to do it than practicing the techniques out in the field.