The White Sands National Monument is 300 square miles of a white gypsum dune field located in Southern New Mexico between Las Cruces and Alamogordo. It is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. Mary and I have photographed here a half dozen times as her parents live nearby. Here are a few photos and hints.
Because of family time, we have made due with mid-day shooting here a few times. Without the nice yellow side lighting of sunrise and sunset, it’s best to think in monotone/black and white. We are now using Fujifilm cameras converted to infrared light which make great monotone photos.
Sometimes we plan photos around the rising and setting moon. This time it was just dumb luck that the moon was in the perfect position here. It did not last long.
Sometimes, in mid-day it is harder to capture the fine ripples because the sun is right overhead. Look for dunes that still throw off a bit of shadow and work them wide-to-close up.
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