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What It's Like to Photograph a Sandstorm

5 days ago   |   By Peta Pixel

One of the windiest nights I've ever taken pictures turned into perhaps the single most rewarding - and frightening - landscape photography experience of my life. I was on the Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley, a place I had visited twice in the past, though under much tamer conditions.
This night, the gusts of wind were far greater than I had seen before, and they kicked up a layer of sand that made for amazing sunset photos. But as the day came to a close, it was clear I had entered uncharted waters.
Even before sunset, the wind was fairly heavy. Sand stung at my feet, but it wasn't...
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