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The Rub'al Khali is the biggest sand desert in the world. It stretches between Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman. I had been lucky to visit this wonder of the world with a friend of mine, accompanied by a local guide. We spent two whole days and nights exploring the sand dunes and camping under incredible skies. Despite being one of the most fascinating places I´ve ever visited I found extremely difficult to properly capture the essence of the desert.
In the late afternoon, after many forgettable vistas I decided to change strategy and to focus on smaller details. Being so close to the equator, the sunset was approaching fast and the chances of getting the picture we wanted were getting smaller. This led me to improvise and to play with the fading light and sand patterns. In this picture I tried to use the small sand waves as leading lines to accompany the viewers eyes through the landscape. Balancing lights, shadows, and the grainy texture of the sand has been incredibly difficult while taking the photo. On the other hand, the post-processing was almost non-existent, with only minor dodging and burning to enhance the contrasts in the sand pattern.
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