Today we’re going to take a look at the more serious side of White Sands National Monument. Unfortunately, I was not there during optimum lighting. That occurs not in the bright overhead sun, but rather closer to either sunrise or sunset. Proper exposure is tricky with a landscape this white, as we’ve discussed before, so most images were taken with a +⅔ exposure compensation. Even so, some post processing was required, and thankfully I had shot images in Raw + JPEG.
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Another spectacular sunset here as seen from the backyard of Casa Wicker. This one occurred on Saturday, March 16.
You’ll notice one of the photographs does not focus on the actual sunset, but rather the clouds colored by that sunset. These particular clouds were almost 90° off from the direction of the sunset, very nearly due north of us.
The lesson? Don’t just get the spectacular colors of that gorgeous sunset. Hunt around for some clouds that are also affected by those brilliant sunset colors.
Another lesson is on orientation. Landscape orientation can look interesting, but it’s overdone and not even usually the best choice.
More often than not, the underused portrait orientation can lend added, unexpected drama to the same scene: