Lonely Footsteps in Death Valley

Something a bit different for today’s post. These footprints were seen on a sandune in Death Valley.

These foot prints weren’t mine and I was on the dunes very early in the morning, before sunrise. But someone had already beat me to it. Doesn’t it make you wonder who it was? Where they went? What they were doing?

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are relatively easy sand dunes in Death Valley to visit, but it does take a bit of a hike to get to them. Getting the tops of them can be quite tough as the sand is soft and your feet just sink away. The effort is well worth it however and the best time to go is early in the morning as the sun can cast long shadows. Some really cool shots can be made here. The dunes are far less interesting on an overcast day as you don’t get the effect of the sun. These foot prints were undoubtedly from some other photographer (who else would be mad enough to get up 4:30 am and hike a mile in soft sand?).

This shot was taken with my 5D Mark 2 and my EF 70-200mm f2.8 lens. I used f/5 aperture to blur the foreground and the background. Edited in Photomatix Pro and fine-tuned the color and vignette in Lightroom V5.

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This entry was posted in California, Death Valley, National Park, Travel.


  1. Paulo N. Silva October 12, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    This is great! Very conceptual and beautifully executed.

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