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White Sands Blue Hour by David Swindler
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
David Swindler
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.

White Sands Blue Hour by David Swindler was photo of the day on Sunday, 14th February 2016. You can leave a comment below.


14th February 2016 at 3:42 am

What a beautiful shot David. Big congratulations! Lorenzo

14th February 2016 at 4:05 am

strikingly gorgeous!

Pamela North

14th February 2016 at 4:25 am

This is so dramatic David. Stunning!

14th February 2016 at 4:36 am

This is just gorgeous David. Great light and shadow play under that magnificent twilight sky.

Anne Egli

14th February 2016 at 5:09 am

Such nice contrast, love the sky and the dunes. Thanks.

14th February 2016 at 6:15 am

Great shot !


14th February 2016 at 7:19 am

Other worldly!

Laura Milholland

14th February 2016 at 7:54 am

Great lines, color and amazing light. You have an awesome image here, David!


14th February 2016 at 8:46 am

I really do not know what a 7-layer focus stack is, but it sure resulted in a gorgeous photo. Thank you for sharing it.


14th February 2016 at 11:13 am

The Aura of the natural Sand Dunes is wonderful in Combination with the Night and Day Light. Just Great!


14th February 2016 at 11:31 am

Lighting is just so perfect in this really beautiful unusual shot today!


14th February 2016 at 2:46 pm

If you continue to stare, i am sure you will see Moses crossing the sands. Modern photo, thousands of transported back. love it!

16th February 2016 at 6:33 pm

Very cool shot, David!

27th February 2016 at 10:09 am

Very impressive, the extra contrast really shows up the ripples in the sand.

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