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My free June Desktop Calendar features an image from Namibia’s Serra Cafema.

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Find out more about this image here.

Here are a few of the keepers participants made during last weekend’s Santa Fe 2010 workshop. We had great locations – Tent Rocks, Red Rocks, Ghost Ranch, Echo Amphitheater, White Place, Taos Gorge, and Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Sunrise and sunset locations were complemented by midday reviews. We’ll do it again in 2011!

Kutch Classic by Charlotte Rush Bailey
View her other book, Desertscapes, here

Paul Tornaquindici described our helicopter ride during my Namibia workshop.

“Breathtaking! Strapped into a helicopter- doors removed and hanging out the side seeing the amazing dunes of Sossusvlei from above for the first time. The helicopter moved slowly over the dunes in the morning light as we photographed the remarkable beauty.”

See his images and read more here.

I recommend you seize every opportunity to photograph a location in the air.

When you go , take two cameras with different focal lengths. Use high shutter speeds (1000 plus). Ask your pilot to circle the most interesting areas and vary altitude. If possible, go doors off to reduce reflections. If it’s not, wear a black long sleeve shirt. Keep your lens/shade out of the wind. Shoot fast. As you fly, so will time.

Photographing the Sossusvlei dune fields by helicopter was a highlight for all of us during my recent workshop in Namibia. The views were simply divine. These images are all panoramic merges. We did a full 360 degree pano from the helicopter, just for fun.

Learn more in my digital photography workshops.


Barbara Ventura shares here wonder and amazement for one of the most beautiful deserts in the world – White Sands, New Mexico – in her new book.

Find out more on my Alumni blog.

Learn more about my White Sands worshop here.

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