Mesquite Dunes

Image Description

Lovely morning light

Type of Critique Requested

  • Aesthetic: Feedback on the overall visual appeal of the image, including its color, lighting, cropping, and composition.

  • Emotional: Feedback on the emotional impact and artistic value of the image.

  • Technical: Feedback on the technical aspects of the image, such as exposure, color, focus and reproduction of colors and details, post-processing, and print quality.

Specific Feedback and Self-Critique

I love being in the Dunes. Any comments are welcome.

Technical Details

Canon R5, Canon 100-400mm with 1.4 extender at 470mm, 1/80 sec, F/16, ISO 100

Wow, that’s a winner Don. Your composition, with a well-defined sweeping line in the foreground, more chaotic lines in the middle, and finally hints of lines in the background, is a layering that I find very attractive.

Having the dunes end before the top of the frame can be tricky in my experience; the background is not always complimentary and can distract. Yours works very well.

No nits; I’m just going to enjoy.

I’m with @John_Williams, Don. This is an awesome image and one that just flows together so nicely. I agree that it’s hard to do dunes with a background. This one works. Well seen and well done.

That’s a long walk to get out there, Don. Good of you to not have footprints or people in the image. The sweeping line in the foreground is what initially catches the eye. It has great texture light and frames the background chaotic dune so nicely. Speaking of that background dune, it’s beautiful. I love the slight tonal variations and the light and shadows. What’s really well done is getting the flat scrub plain in the background so dark with just hints of mesquite on the valley floor. Wonderful image, Don.

Very nicely composed. As others have observed the incorporation of the background works well.

The composition on this one is so good! That foreground dune ridge leads my eye through the frame and then I find the mid and background dunes, which hold my interest. The light is primo, too. This is an instant classic!


Outstanding dune image! Love this very much with so much to enjoy with this one. As already mentioned, the top and background is wonderful, really framing this beautifully - and it’s not just dark, but there’s texture up there too, which is a nice bonus.

The light and shadow play is striking along with the texture and details throughout - including the shaded areas - in fact, I also think the cool/warm tones between the light and dark areas is quite wonderful - subtle, but there for sure.

No nits or suggestions. Love this as presented. Kudos!


Thank you for your comments! Maybe I should quit while I am ahead and not post anymore or even give up photography. :smile: