While in the field, sometimes things happen that are so outrageous as to defy description. I was leading a workshop in the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico for the Friends of Arizona Highways, and we were late due to some unavoidable logistical issues. I was trying to bird-dog a suitable scene for the morning light and attempting to move a group of 18 photographers across the dunes. Well you know how that can go. Kinda like herding cats. My shooters were dropping out in one’ and two’s as they saw details that interested them, while up ahead, I saw an amazing situation developing. I urged those remaining to pick the pace, literally breaking into a run.
Anyway when the light show began, we (the few that had stayed with me) were pretty much forced to shoot where we were standing, and make the best of the situation.
The sunrise was so amazing that I felt like I might be flashing back to the 70′s and had somehow got a little windowpane mixed in with my morning cornflakes. The colors are real. One side of the ripples is reflecting the blue from the left side of the sky while the other side of the ripple reflects the magentas. Sometimes I regret the fact that we were late, and hadn’t the time to find a better shot; however, the shot has been very successful for me so I can’t complain.