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


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!


Sand Beneath The Peak – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO


Adversity Alone – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO


Long Walk Back – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO


Sand In My Boot – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO


Approaching The Dunes – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO


From Dust To Dust – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO


Sandal – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO


Torrid Terrain – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO