It was really an adventure getting to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. My buddy James Brandon and I were traveling around taking photos and enjoying all the beautiful landscapes. This was our last stop until we were homeward bound. We had already been to White Sands, New Mexico and Arches National Park in Utah. The RV had a tire that was out of balance, so we really couldn’t take it over 60mph. We got home safely with lots of great photos and memories. The RV is now updated with a full set of new tires and it couldn’t ride smoother!
I heard grumblings that ‘the man’ wasn’t as cool as he had been in previous years. I thought he was awesome, although I have to agree that the burn wasn’t as dramatic. I liked the way he loomed over the playa with authority. The surrounding merchants were called the Caravansary Souk, which were actually interactive art.
The tilt shift effect on this photo was done entirely in photoshop using a few different blurs and masks. The color grading was based off of a preset in Nik’s Analog Effects 2.
We had a blast trying out this experimental type of photography at Burning Man. I couldn’t have done it without the coolness of my lovely model Taylor Dyste and the amazing fire spinning of TheMischievous Kate providing the flames in the background. We got several winners that night which I’ll sprinkle in over the coming months.