Photographing Natural Abstracts – Sand Dunes

Sand Dune Abstract
Sand Dune Abstract

Last week Peter wrote about his favorite dune.  To be honest, I just don’t get it.  But it really doesn’t matter, we all have our “things”.  For me, I can spend hours in the sand looking for abstract patterns and shapes.

The next time your around dunes of any size and shape, try these tips and see if abstracts materialize for you.  Or follow in Peter’s footsteps, find the most remote dune miles away by foot, trek out there, and claim it.

Tip 1:  Look for intersecting lines and curves

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Tip 2:  Look for variation in pattern and smooth sand shapes 

Sand Dune Abstract
Sand Dune Abstract

Tip 3:  Use shadows to provide different forms.

Sand Dune Abstract
Sand Dune Abstract

Tip 4:  Find repeating patterns and then zoom in and simplify the composition to focus just on them.

Repeating lines in sand dunes
Repeating lines in sand dunes
sand dune abstract
sand dune abstract

Tip 5:  Look for the unexpected to breakup the repeating pattern

sand dunes with snake tracks
sand dunes with snake tracks

Tip 6:  Use the Shady or Cloudy white balance setting to warm up the color of the sand.

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