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Dispatches: Finding artistic inspiration in the Great Sand Dunes

Intense winds turn clouds and ridges of sands into towering dunes against the Sangre De Cristo Mountains of Great Sand Dunes National Park
Intense winds turn clouds and ridges of sands into towering dunes against the Sangre De Cristo Mountains of Great Sand Dunes National Park

 

Photography is a journey. You’re most likely a different photographer today than you were five years. Skills are refined. Styles evolve. Interests change.

Navin Sarma talks about his journey as a landscape photographer in a recent post on his website. He says that journey is evident in these photos, which he took on a recent trip to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park. They reflect the maturation of his style from a landscape photographer chasing grand, dramatic scenes to a fine art photographer who concentrates on “lines and shapes, however large or small.”

But Sarma says he couldn’t have gotten to this point without first having chased the images that drew him into landscape photography — vivid HDR sunsets and sunrises, extreme sharpness and resolution, images that are processed to perfection.

Now, he says he has “gone less wide angle and more zoom, often times forgoing the sky and sunsets/sunrise color in the clouds that so many photographers chase. I think this is a good thing, as it’s refined my eye in a way that has been, frankly, very difficult. I think I can apply this method back to the large scenes when I encounter them again.”

To see more of his photos from Great Sands and to learn more about his evolution as a photographer, read “Great Sand Dunes National Park and Crested Butte in Early Autumn” on his website.

All images © Navin Sarma. You can see more of his work on his website. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Dispatches is our occasional look outside of DC at the places local photographers have traveled. Have a set of photos you’d like to feature here? Contact us at editor@dcfocused.com.

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Gentle shapes, lines, and light converge simply and beautifully
Gentle shapes, lines, and light converge simply and beautifully

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Curves interplay from the edges of dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park
Curves interplay from the edges of dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park

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The sun selects sand specks to illuminate as sparkles within the windblown ridges of sand of Great Sand Dunes National Park
The sun selects sand specks to illuminate as sparkles within the windblown ridges of sand of Great Sand Dunes National Park

 

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