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    At the north of the Chihuahua Desert lies a mountain-ringed valley, the Tularosa Basin. Rising from the heart of this basin are the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert here and created the largest gypsum dune field in the world. This gypsum sand (hydrous calcium sulfate) is rarely found as sand because it is soluble in water. Rain and snow in the mountains dissolve gypsum from the rocks and carry it into the Tularosa Basin. Rivers would usually carry dissolved gypsum to the sea, but no river drains the Tularosa Basin. The water, with the gypsum and other sediments, is trapped in the basin.



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    Shutter speed: 1/640
    Metering: Spot-Hi
    ISO: 100


    This image, interestingly enough, was captured approximately 80 miles south of Trinity Site, the location of the world's first atomic bomb explosion on 16 July, 1945. The Trinity Site is a little known National Historic Landmark and is open to the public only twice each year. The next Open House is 3 October, 2009. This could be a unique photo opportunity for any of our members who will be in the area at that time. Details are here.
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    Hi E B,

    Thanks for the photo and the narrative.
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    Wow, it looks like snow! Nice shot!
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    Believe it or not, but kids on snowboards is big there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E B View Post
    This image, interestingly enough, was captured approximately 80 miles south of Trinity Site, the location of the world's first atomic bomb explosion on 16 July, 1945. The Trinity Site is a little known National Historic Landmark and is open to the public only twice each year. The next Open House is 3 October, 2009. This could be a unique photo opportunity for any of our members who will be in the area at that time. Details are here.

    This is a great image. I bet exposure was tricky, what with the bleach-white sand and bright sun. Definitely not ideal conditions, though I think you pulled it off nicely . . .

    There's something special about exploring an area that was the staging ground for events that changed our world forever. I spent about a week on the island of Tinian, which is where the atomic bomb missions against Hiroshima and Nagasaki were staged and launched. Patrolling the abandoned airfield from which the Enola Gay took off, I couldn't help but feel the sheer enormityof what had occurred beneath my feet half a century before, despite the fact that I was only 20 years old at the time.

    If only I'd brought a camera!
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    Default Re: White Sands & Atomic Bomb

    My pleasure.
    Good shooting,
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    Default Re: White Sands & Atomic Bomb

    Thank you.
    Good shooting,
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    Yep, I saw some of that.
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    Thank you. Yep, the exposure was a little unusual. I used spot-hi measurement directly off what looked like the brightest part of the sand. During RAW development I still had to use exposure compensation to move the histogram about a third of a stop to the left.

    The bomb and the Trinity Site were certainly historic and the Trinity Site is little known now, which I why I brought up the possibility of accessing it if anyone is interested.
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    Well composed and lit shot.

    I used to go there quite often as a kid and go back every time I am in the area. Sundown is the time for great photo ops, when the ripples on the dune show up. There have been a lot of movies partially filmed there.
    If you want to know more than you ever cared to about Tularosa Basin, here is a link.


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    Thank you. I did think about stopping there to try the morning and evening light, but finally decided against it as this was a target of opportunity stop on the way to more interesting things. I only exposed six frames at this site.

    You're right about that Tularosa Basin site. A lot of information.
    Good shooting,
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    Thanks for the photo and the narrative.






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    You're quite welcome.
    Good shooting,
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