Barchan Dunes of Farewell Spit, New Zealand

- photo of the day

The series of images of New Zealand's Farewell Spit continues today with this view of barchan dunes at Ocean Beach stretching towards the horizon, as the sun sets on a summer evening. It might not look like it, but a very strong wind was blasting sand all over the place. Thankfully, the Mamiya7II and 50mm lens are relatively sealed. In exposing the frame, I made sure to meter on and around the sun to ensure the sky wouldn't be totally overexposed. Typically, exposing for a very bright zone will render shadow areas very dense, but since I chose a low contrast negative (Fujifilm 160C) and drum scanned this frame, darker zones retained a lot of details. Read more here or visit the gallery.

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