Milky Way over sand dunes, Death Valley NP, CA, USA - holiday sale image

Milky Way over Sand Dunes, Death Valley

I’m pleased to announce that we’re having a holiday sale on three prints never offered before, at 25% off the normal price. For this sale we’ve selected three popular images: Milky Way over Sand Dunes, Death Valley; Glacier Point Sunset, Yosemite; and Aspens and Ferns, Kebler Pass, Colorado.

The discounted pricing will last until Friday, November 16th. You can see the available sizes and sale prices underneath the descriptions of each image below.
 

Milky Way over Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California

I made this photograph at about 2:00 a.m. during a workshop in the spring of 2017. Wind and clouds prevented us from going out into the dunes the previous evening, but by midnight the wind had died and the skies had cleared, so we headed out into the dunes hoping to capture a panorama of the Milky Way.

Since the winds were continually reshaping the dunes, advance scouting was useless, so I had to find a suitable spot for a panorama in the dark. Luckily we came upon these beautifully-shaped dunes. I set up two continuous, low-level lights on stands to illuminate the dunes, and we took turns capturing panorama sequences with the Milky Way arcing over the sand.

Being out in the dunes for hours under the stars was peaceful, serene, and beautiful. I love the dunes any time, but at night they’re just magical.

During the sale this dune panorama is available at 25% off in three sizes: 9×24, 12×30, and 16×40. Each print is signed and numbered; the edition is limited to 150 total (including all sizes). The 9×24 panoramic-format prints, normally $350, are $263; the 12×30 prints, normally $550, are $413; the 16×40 prints, normally $825, are $619. Click the Add to Cart button underneath the size you’d like to purchase:

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Glacier Point Sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

Half Dome and clouds at sunset from Glacier Point, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

Glacier Point Sunset, Yosemite

On a rainy afternoon in early May my wife Claudia and I made a last-minute decision to drive up to Glacier Point for sunset. The Glacier Point Road had just opened for the season, and this late-spring storm created a chance for an interesting sunset.

Or maybe not. When we arrived a bank of clouds hid Half Dome. Radar images also showed a band of thunderstorms to the northwest that could block the light, so I wasn’t optimistic about the sunset.

But after about 15 minutes a tiny piece of Half Dome appeared through a rift in the clouds. Then a little bit more emerged. Soon almost all of Half Dome became visible except the middle, which was wrapped in a band of mist. Sunlight hit some spots below the dome, then, gradually, moved upward. The color deepened, and the light kept getting better and better. It turned out to be one of the best sunsets I’ve seen from Glacier Point.

During the sale this Glacier Point photograph is available at 25% off in three sizes: 13×20, 16×24, and 20×30. Each print is signed and numbered; the edition is limited to 150 total (including all sizes). The 13×20 prints, normally $275, are $206; the 16×24 prints, normally $425, are $319; the 20×30 prints, normally $675, are $506. Click the Add to Cart button underneath the size you’d like to purchase:

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Aspens and Ferns, Kebler Pass, Colorado

Aspens and ferns, autumn, Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison NF, CO, USA

Aspens and Ferns, Kebler Pass, Colorado

I made this photograph on a perfectly clear afternoon on the west side of Kebler Pass in Colorado. My wife Claudia and I found a beautiful grove of aspens underlain with ferns, and just as we arrived the sun dropped below the ridge to the west, plunging the scene into lovely, soft shade.

The trunks in the distance turned blue, lit by the sky above. But the tops of the trees in the foreground were still lit by the sun, and those yellow, sunlit treetops cast a warm, amber glow onto the foreground trunks and ferns. The result was a beautiful, warm-cool color contrast created by soft light with differing color temperatures. I had seen this lighting effect before in an aspen grove in the eastern Sierra, and here it was again in this ferny, fairyland forest in Colorado.

During the sale this Aspen photograph is available at 25% off in three sizes: 13×20, 16×24, and 20×30. Each print is signed and numbered; the edition is limited to 150 total (including all sizes). The 13×20 prints, normally $275, are $206; the 16×24 prints, normally $425, are $319; the 20×30 prints, normally $675, are $506. Click the Add to Cart button underneath the size you’d like to purchase:

Aspens and Ferns, 13×20, $206:

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Aspens and Ferns, 16×24, $319:

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Regardless of whether you purchase a print or not, I’m glad so many of you liked these images, and I appreciate all the comments and emails I’ve received. Thank you all so much for your support!

— Michael Frye

Related Posts: Death Valley under the Moon and Stars; Glacier Point Sunset; Chasing the Weather and Color in Colorado

Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.