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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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Sand

There are few more elemental environments on this planet than deserts, and photographers find them irresistible. The classic sweeping sand dune landscape is the definitive desert view that takes some beating. The clean lines and shadowed curves of a sea of dunes in the first or last light of day are quite simply photographic nirvana. But there’s far more to deserts than sand dunes; the textures and patterns of the desert environment in microcosm are fascinating. Tiny sand signatures of all sorts of creatures let you know you are not alone. If you look hard enough, the plants and wildlife are exquisite, and leave you in awe of their powers of survival. Each time you go back, you see more; it is a bewitchingly pure environment, daily refreshed ...

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