Sailing the Sea of Dust
Another year, another Burning Man. Hope all my friends who were fortunate enough to go had a wonderful burn, and have acclimated back to “real” life smoothly. I took this in 2011, having left camp to go shooting by myself at dusk. I spent probably an hour perched atop a climbable 30 foot torso of a woman’s body waiting for the golden hour just before sunset, and talking to lots of other folks who climbed up to explore as well. Here you can see the Temple, several of the huge art “cars” that roam the playa, and thousands of people… yet this is only a small fraction of the size of the whole city, with grew to 60k people this year. The playa “sea” is an ancient dried lakebed in northern Nevada covered completely in extremely fine dust, and is a favorite location for car commercials.
(a few people asked me what in the hell I was talking about... so bonus picture below of the statue I was perched atop. I actually met the woman who was the model for the sculpture atop it - surreal... so she's striking the same pose for me at the very very top)
5 image composite panorama.
ISO 320, 60mm, f9.0, 1/400 second exposure.