The Dock in the Desert – and New Packages!

November announcement: Updated package offerings!

We updated the package offerings for you for the HDR Video Tutorial. If you click that page, you can see a little intro video that shows what the whole thing is about. Enjoy! BTW, as always, there is 100% money-back guarantee and we have a 24-hour support team to help you out at support@stuckincustoms.com — thanks :)

Daily Photo – The Dock in the Desert

Here is a new photo from the most recent Burning Man.

The playa is covered with endless artistic creations — every year new and fresh. This was a strange but inspired idea to build a dock that slowly rises out of the desert. It attracted all sorts of strange characters and activity.

I didn’t take out my main camera too much because of the sand problem, but I did for this occasion. This was a standard 5-exposure HDR with some cleanup to fix the problem of movement between frames.

She stood in the light while in shadow.  The path led endlessly into the fog and she saw it for what it was.  The path was just one, and she had already chosen.  In the distance, it fell away into a blue haze.  Every few steps would reveal something impossible and unforeseen.  What would appear next was beyond reason and what would appear underfoot would be enough to make any mortal’s heart shudder.  She had a hundred paths within her, even though she only stood on one.

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  • Kaz

    Wow!!! This is unreal. What are those little blue lights??? Are they supposed to represent the water line? I really like your interpretation.

  • Susan

    What a cool shot – love this – who would think of a ‘dock in the desert’? Wonderful idea – I bet there were lots of parties there! Super one Trey!

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    Love it! When you say “sand problem” do you refer to the general sand problem that exists out on the playa or was there a particularly bad sand storm this year? Conditions don’t look bad at all in this image.

  • https://plus.google.com/100265717320622923616/posts Bill Dodd

    What a cool shot! Aside from the other awesomeness of composition and processing – the silhouetted woman in the top hat really amps up the artistic factor of this one; for me anyway. Between The Sorbonne and this shot, its a heck of a week to be following the SIC blog. Another epic image.

  • Kaz

    I downloaded the picture and zoomed into it. What is Pappy selling at his bait Shoppe? The little details on the pier are amazing and create a wonderful illusion that you captured so well. I really like it!!!

  • http://flickr.com/liveformemories liveformemories

    This is absolutely stunning!

  • Patrick Ahles

    So that is $1 for a free bonus? :P

    Great shot! Whoever came up with this idea of building a dock in the middle of the desert, genius! And this boat! And another exclamation mark, or two!!

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  • Gail Moshier

    Great photo taken at Burning Man. Who would have thought of building a dock in the desert, cool idea. I don’t understand the post above mine, what’s that about?? Anyway, have a wonderful day. Hard to believe today is the first day of November, time flies. :-)

  • http://flickr.com/thefella Conor MacNeill

    Big fan of this one! Fantastic composition and colours. Plus the fact that it’s so surreal!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

    T.Linn – there are sandstorms that come up and can cover your camera with a fine alkaline dust… can be pretty rough on your cameras!

    Bill -Glad you like that woman too ! :)

    Patrick – yes hehe… just a little thing…

    Gail – that’s sort of a linkback post — whenever other blogs mention this blog post, it makes sort of a strange comment snippet like that.

  • Andy Bird

    Whoa that’s pretty surreal!

    I wish I had known about burning man in my late teens/early 20’s – seems like there’s always interesting ladies about. Having this knowledge then would have saved me wasting a ton of time in Ibizan bars and clubs!

  • Andrea Boyle

    Amazing, shot, Trey! Glad you were able to use your Nikon. I heard that the population increased this year at Burning Man to about 55,000. Did you notice it? Will you return? Perhaps you need to post a Burning Man Primer for HDR photographers. There is a DVD out called Burning Man-Beyond Black Rock, which scared me into thinking I’d ever be able to go with a camera. If it is do-able, I’d like to know how, although I think #1 rule is, “Come in an RVB, not a tent.” (Am I right?) Maybe I need to check out the Clubhouse and see if there is already a Burning Man thread. If not, I’ll have to start one!! :)

  • Jodi

    This was my favorite place! They even played the sounds of the ocean at the other end…fishing for art cars he he!! Ahh the music… Unforgettable! (BUT wish I knew the names of some of the musicians)

    Awesome pic Trey! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • http://500px.com/salah Salah

    I like it

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

    Andrea – yes I will return for sure :)

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