Drawn to You

I am drawn to the dunes. I love being out there, especially in the morning. I walk about a mile to a spot that I hope will be great for first light and wait. Then the sun crests the horizon and the show begins.  And I can’t help but gasp with amazement each and every time.  It is awesome!  I apologize to anyone who is near me as I let out a verbal and loud, WOW, you’ve got to be kidding me?!  And then I get to work, looking for intimate scenes where the sun is creating shadow and light that makes my heart sing.  I am happy, I am at peace,  I am where I should be, drawn to the dunes.


Dancing in the Dunes
Sun Painted Sand
My Heart Sings

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  1. Stephen McCullough February 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    I have no experience of dunes. It seems to me that they are home to many variations of intriguing light and shadow – as you demonstrate with this photograph.

    I’ll have to find myself some dunes…

  2. Luna Lovegood February 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm #


  3. Karl February 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Wow John, You sure captured this one! I am sure this moment last only a few seconds with the light just touching the tops of the ripples. Did you use your new method of processing on this?

    • john8276 February 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks Karl. Yes, new processing as we discussed on this one. Not a whole lot of dodging and burning thought… it converted to this pretty much out of LR. Just had to brighten up the light area a touch.

  4. Mark Stevens February 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    I love what you do with these compositions. I too love the dunes, but struggle with the desire to simplify rather than show the grand landscape. I just returned from DV and hope I captured a few images that fit my vision.

    • john8276 February 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

      There is no right or wrong take on the dunes Mark. Betty Wiley has a grand view that is as good as I’ve ever seen. I’m sure your images will be great and I look forward to seeing them.

  5. robyn February 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Exceptional image John. So intimate and such beautiful lines. Your words are equally as beautiful. Blessings, Robyn

    • john8276 February 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      Thank you Robyn. You always say the nicest things! 🙂

  6. Michel Taupin February 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Great image John!!

    • john8276 February 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      Michel, thank you my friend.

  7. Diana February 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Wind branded features
    Fickle darkness, shifting light

  8. Diana February 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Oops! Pressed the wrong button-

    Wind branded features-
    Fickle darkness, shifting light.
    Sand between my toes.

    Feeble Haiku John Barclay inspired!

  9. Felice February 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    Doesn’t get better than this. Congrats on your capture and your processing. This is awesome! If you post it to FB, I’d like to share it!

    • john8276 February 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

      Thanks Felice. A link to the post is alway put up automatically on FB.

  10. Chuck February 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    Love it! My favorite part of the tour.

    • john8276 February 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

      Thanks Chuck. You were fun to have along! Better than that other Chuck! 🙂

  11. Frank February 20, 2014 at 2:06 am #

    Beautiful image and very we’ll done. I really like it!

  12. Steve Zigler February 20, 2014 at 5:23 am #

    John, For me, you eloquently summarized the magic of photography. Being drawn to ________ (fill in the blank). Being there. Soaking it in and being a part of it to the point where you lose track of space and time. That is what I love about photography. And then some guy on a dune near you snaps you out of it when he yells, “are you kidding me?” 🙂

  13. robin February 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    elegant in its simplicity and starkness. love it!

  14. Carla February 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    John, I just love your passion. You are so incredibly inspiring!!

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