After many hours of stitching and tweaking panoramas, I’m finally able to post some of the best ones from the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I had to resize and cut the below images, because some of the panoramas were too long.
Once the thumbnails fully load, click on the first image and it will bring up a separate window with a full version of the panorama. Then click on the next button on the right hand side of the image to view the rest of the panoramas. The images are 1200 pixels wide and they might not fit on your monitor – in that case, you can scroll left and right using your scroll-bar on the bottom of your browser.
I captured this first panorama on a small stream that was running alongside the dunes. The stream was very shallow and I simply stood on it, capturing the stream, the dunes and the mountains in the back:
Then we moved up the dunes and I found a nice spot overlooking the stream and the mountains:
Climbing up the dunes was not easy, especially with our heavy gear and the wind blowing on our faces. It was cold and on top of that, sand got into my eyes and my mouth, which was not very pleasing. As we were moving up, I pointed my camera against the sun and shot the following panorama:
As we climbed higher, it was getting colder and windier, but at one point the sun came out of the clouds and shone directly on the dunes, adding a golden color on the dunes:
I turned back and saw a spectacular scene – the whole valley got lit up by this golden light. Sergey and I started shooting the scene very quickly, as the sun was about to disappear again:
The whole scene did not even last 5 minutes and the sun was gone for a long time after that. Our last opportunity was at sunset, but the clouds covered up sun and the light was only hitting the clouds. Hoping for the last opportunity, we waited for another 15-20 minutes and it’s a good thing we did, because the sunlight finally penetrated the clouds and painted the mountains along with the clouds. In this very short window of opportunity, I was able to capture the following panorama: