Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado – Part 2: Color

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Sangre de Cristo & Sand Dunes – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO

Part 1 – Monochrome

The Great Sand Dunes National Park lends itself well to black-and-white photography because of the highlight-and-shadow play that is so prevalent, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good place for color pictures. While I definitely came away with more monochrome images, a couple of my favorite pictures are in color. I imagine that autumn would be especially nice for color photography at this location, and perhaps late-spring or early summer when there is an abundance of fresh green. Late summer features a lot of brown, tan, and yellow, which can still be alright.

All of the photographs in this article are straight-out-of-camera JPEGs captured using my Fujifilm X-Pro2 with a Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 Macro lens attached to the front. I used my Kodachrome II film simulation recipe for most of them. Enjoy!

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Sand Beneath The Peak – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO

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Adversity Alone – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO

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Long Walk Back – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO

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Sand In My Boot – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO

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Approaching The Dunes – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO

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From Dust To Dust – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO

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Sandal – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO

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Torrid Terrain – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO

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5 comments

  1. Pingback: Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado – Part 1: Monochrome | Fuji X Weekly
  2. moments and moods · September 9, 2018

    Very beautiful! And I don’t know what I do wrong with Kodachrome II I am not happy with what I get with it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 9, 2018

      Thank you! Kodachrome wasn’t meant for everyone and every style, and so it stands to reason that my film simulation won’t work for everyone either.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Luís Costa · September 9, 2018

      Funny you should say that, I tried it myself and it didn’t like the result either… But Ritchie’s photos look stunning with this simulation, so maybe the problem it’s us! 😁

      Liked by 2 people

      • moments and moods · September 9, 2018

        That’s what I said 🙂 I don’t know how to use it, I like it so much!

        Liked by 1 person

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