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Sandbox Under the Stars by PeterJCoskun Sandbox Under the Stars by PeterJCoskun
One of my main goals for this year is to really work on some night photography and more specifically, nightscapes. There is just something so surreal about viewing a familiar landscape under the stars. Now, to me these dunes were not familiar. I had never photographed them before (at least got INTO a dune field). During my trip to death valley, I knew I wanted to take in the sand dunes, but not just any sand dunes. I wanted to find ones that were relatively untouched and tucked away. I did some research and found out about these dunes tucked away in the southern end of the park. On the second day after an incredible sunrise at Zabriskie point, my friend and I made our way out to these dunes two hours away from the heart of the park. Upon arrival, it looked as if we would get rained on once again with the dark gray clouds filling the sky. We quickly got situated for camp and decided to head out into the dune field. A few sprinkles here and there, but nothing that made us think of turning around. The thing with these dunes, is that you can't just drive up to the dune edge. You have to hike a mile or so to reach the base of the dunes which seems a lot longer when you are actually hiking out to them. Once we got to the edge of the dunes, we made sure to be careful and not trample over everything and leave footprints. We didn't see a single footprint out there, it was perfect. We scouted around and shot from various ridges as the storm passed by giving us some nice stormy light. Just around sunset, the skies began to clear. While it would have been nice for the clouds to stick around for sunset, I was even more excited for the clear skies to come. Death valley is known for it's dark skies, and it surely did not disappoint. The milky way began to rise over the dunes and andromeda shined brightly to the left. I got pretty lucky as a shooting star happened to fall on the right side, balancing the sky. This is a blend of three exposures. Two for the landscapes at a low ISO and to get greater depth of field, and a shot of the stars, at a very high ISO and fast aperture. It is a scene I won't forget, and perhaps one of the most technical and planned out shots I have. 

Ibex dunes- Death Valley National Park, California.

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Given 2014-05-20
Suggester said; "A stellar star filled piece that just blows your mind."

Sandbox Under the Stars by PeterJCoskun ( Suggested by TimberClipse and Featured by Anoya )
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simsage Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017
Exquisite piece of Art!
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Angie-AgnieszkaB Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
OMg i fall in love with this ! 
Really deserved DD :clap: 
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SirenDrake Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
Lovely shot.
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Wuyiyi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my wishes is to see the stars clear, I would like to see this in person.
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016   Photographer
Fantastically tranquil. :) (Smile) 
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Cyrusma Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
very handsome, dream !
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KombatSeth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
good JOB :D (Big Grin)
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Orion-Apocalus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
It's so enchanting and magical!
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Beautiful!

- rogina torabinejad
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animelover4ever2002 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Its absolutely gorgeous and I would one day like to see something just as beautiful as this piece.
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Bishop-Of-Balance Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this piece and the description actually gave me chills. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous experience with us. I'm sure it is one that you will cherish for a lifetime. 
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zenstep Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
is there ANY way we could get a larger copy of this image? its one of my all time favorite visual art pieces :O
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Thank you, I appreciate the kind words. Unfortunately, I try not to post multiple sizes on the web as it keeps it easier on managing my own files. 
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44aboriginny2014 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great picture!!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Thank you!
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LifeBySeconds Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Thanks!
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acoresjo88 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations, you have been featured here!
Would be nice if you´d stop by and have a look. Thank you!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Thank you I appreciate it!
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Adam-Walker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Writer
Beautiful.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thanks!
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Adam-Walker Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Writer
Almost reminds me of a dream of Carmen or Bella.
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Brookelynn-marie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this would be fun to paint in water color 
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jim-tobin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Magnificent!  And fascinating how it is true that the streak of a meteorite can balance out the Milky Way!  But then I also notice my eye follows the horizon of the dunes to the point in the middle, pointing up at the star field.  Were you able to see the Milky Way that well when setting up for the shots that you consciously placed the camera in that line? (Line being an inadequate word for the snake-edge contrast of dunes from lower right to middle peak)
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Thank you! When I set up this shot, I kinda knew that the milky way would line up somewhere near the dune peak in the middle, but wasn't sure if it would line up exactly like that. Luckily it did, and it worked itself out perfectly for this shot. The milky way here was one of the most vivid and visible I have seen anywhere, both when it begins to rise after sunset and when the extraordinary part sets before sunrise. Could very well see it with the naked eye. 
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Anoya Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014   Photographer
I've featured your work here: APN Daily Deviations - May 2014! :heart:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Thank you I appreciate it!
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Anoya Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014   Photographer
My pleasure! =)
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Phoenixofdarkness62 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a gorgeous shot! Fantastic work!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Thank you!
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Phoenixofdarkness62 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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R3ality66 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
I confess: I haven't viewed it on a dark background as you have suggested. I didn't need to. This is an awesome photo! perfectly composed and brilliantly executed. DD well deserved!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Thanks I appreciate it! I promise though, it is meant to be viewed on a dark background, thats when it truly shines!
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YogaTeacher Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sensing talent and patience, and a love of natural brilliance. Well done, it's extraordinary.
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Thank you I appreciate it!
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starca Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It looks so surreal 8| Nice!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Thanks!
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starca Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome :D
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MasakoHime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG _
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eragonmerlin Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jawdrop 
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pinkboots Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
so lovely!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Thanks!
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Thunder-Artist Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That is amazing. I love and picture that has a galaxy view!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Thank you!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Thank you I appreciate it!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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Ravenmare1111 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Breathtaking!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Thanks!
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