How I Create Minimalist Photography

Death Valley Photography Adventure P2


In this video I show my process for creating minimalist photography in Death Valley National Park. Simple scenes that showcase minimalism end up being my favorites on my shoots. I was quite glad to have captured some of my favorites in this video. I really hope you all enjoy it!


Death Valley National Park, Sand Dunes, California Landscape Photography
Death Valley National Park, Minimalist Photography

This zig zaggy image ended up being one of my favorite shots. I just loved the simple shapes and minimalism here. This photograph did take a bit of focus stacking to get sharp details in the layers.


Death Valley National Park, Sand Dunes, California Landscape Photography
Death Valley National Park, Sand Dunes, California Landscape Photography

I just love watching warm light spill across the dunes at sunrise, the contrast between light and shadow is remarkable.



Here are two more images captured around sunset, the first is a very simple abstract composition. The second image is one of the more dramatic images that I captured that evening. The burst of light on the right side I thought gave a nice bit of interest and atmosphere to the scene.


Death Valley National Park, Sand Dunes, California Landscape Photography
Death Valley National Park, Minimalist Landscape Photography

Post sunset light is some of my favorite light to create soft minimalist photography in. I talk about the differences a bit in the video. This image above ended up being my favorite blue hour shot from the day. The simple shapes/patterns worked really well here and that little bit of sand dusting across the top of the dune, I felt like was a really nice touch to this image.



More beautiful blue wavy images taken during that wonderful post sunset light. The windy picked up quite a bit and I had to make sure to shield the camera/tripod using my jacket to get proper focus.


Death Valley National Park, Sand Dunes, California Landscape Photography
Death Valley Photography, Abstract Patterns

The dunes from a bit of a distance, like little pastel waves crashing near the shoreline.



Thank you so much for checking out my images and watching my new video. If you enjoyed it make sure to watch part on in my blog section.

6 Comments

  1. Hi Michael, these shots are all amazing. What tele lens are you using on the D850?

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  3. Hello Michael, your images are no doubt amazing. Are you applying any photoshop editing on these images to bring something changes?

  4. Fantastic photos! I’ve been to the dunes in Death Valley. This gives me some ideas for the next time I’m there.

  5. ‘Am going out to DV on October 1, 2021 with three guys and have immensely enjoyed your two videos and these stills. I hope I can return with pictures half as nice. Will be shooting with two Nikons, a D7100 and a D7500, with a 10-20 mm Sigma, and 18-105 Nikon, and a 55-400 Tamron. I like minimalism and shooting with zooms.

  6. I have been watching videos over the last month or so and discovered your website today. Your photos and timelapses are simple amazing

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