Chip Carroon • Sandstorm Adventures

Pulling an all-nighter and fighting through hazardous conditions were necessities if Chip Carroon was going to successfully shoot Coloradan sand dunes

It all started when I was ambulance-chasing weather fronts in southern Utah. My planning was good and I was able to capture some great skies at a distinctive yet rarely visited location.

Since I wanted to go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado next, I thought it would be a good idea if I was there when the front passed that location. I had the bright idea that, if I could drive rapidly, I could get ahead of the front and capture some pictures during the next sunset. Of course, the problems were:
1 The next location was more than 450 miles (720 km) away.
2 I could not leave early due to morning shooting as well as difficulty hiking and driving out of the remote Utah location where I was.
3 It was winter and the days were short.

I did get ahead of the weather front but I could not reach the dune field before dark. The clouds were looking great but I was not quite there, so I spent the night in the border town of Alamosa, Colorado.

During the night I looked up towards the sky and I could see stars. My thought was that if there were no clouds, I would not have a picture. However, after all that effort I had to ...

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Chip Carroon

Chip Carroon worked in the San Francisco Bay area for many years as he specialized in location photography for annual reports, advertising, and photojournalism. In later years, he has returned to the interests of his youth as he continues perfecting his techniques in landscape photography.

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