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White Sands NM - Help Please

 
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Dec 06, 2013 11:52 |  #1

I'm going to White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, NM next week for a couple of days after my annual pilgrimage to Bosque del Apache NWR.

I have never been to White Sands before and would appreciate any tips offered by people who have photographed there before.

Thanks in advance!


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Dec 06, 2013 12:03 |  #2

Get there early, as soon as it opens. Then walk away from the drive through road to avoid footprints, sledge marks and alike. Watch the light across the dunes, at sunrise this makes for great patterns, of light and dark. Might be worth contacting the park as they close when there is a missile test !!




  
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Dec 06, 2013 12:08 |  #3

Thanks, Paul. The missile test schedule is on their website, so that shouldn't be an issue. The other tips are greatly appreciated. I will be getting there mid Friday afternoon and leave Sunday late morning, so I should have a couple of early mornings and a couple of evenings that should be workable. I assume the road cuts through the dunes, so one just walks off the road to get images, or are there specific viewing areas?


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Dec 06, 2013 15:29 |  #4

The road goes through the dunes, so you drive to an area you want and walk to a good spot. Therefore, mid day scouting helps find the best spots. You may want to go with a ranger-led tour for that reason.


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Dec 06, 2013 16:41 |  #5

They are expecting snow and cold weather this weekend. Check traffic conditions and dress warm.

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Dec 06, 2013 16:52 |  #6

Thanks! I will be there at the end of the week, and no snow predicted for then. I will have plenty of warm clothing as Bosque gets very cold. I'm looking forward to this!

What lenses have folks found most preductive? UWA?


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Dec 06, 2013 19:24 as a reply to  @ icassell's post |  #7

Most lens will work but do bring filters. ND, polarizer etc.




  
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Dec 07, 2013 08:37 |  #8

Definitely bring a polarizer, especially if it's sunny. The glare of the sand can be pretty strong.


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