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These dunes were so incredible that I decided to return a few times and spend several days exploring them. Even so, I scarcely made a dent. After realizing how much I loved the way Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film renders light, shadow, and texture in the desert, I decided to prioritize the black and white film images over color on future trips. This is from one of those trips. While hiking up a very large dune, I found this hole near the crest that had inexplicably formed up there in the side of the otherwise normal dune crest. In the sharp light shortly after sunrise, the sun made the inside of the hole appear black, and the wind had created these beautiful ripples cascading out away from the opening, causing it to look like a mysterious whirlpool or portal opening. I love the way the black and white film makes it look all the more mysterious and ominous.

Made with film.
Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100
Medium Format 6x7
Mamiya RB67 Professional
Mamiya-Sekor 90mm f/3.8

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