Action Shots at Imperial Sand Dunes

Before I visited Imperial Sand Dunes in California I always thought of dunes as being peaceful places where only the footprints of the people before you can be seen. That was the case on one side of the dunes where I made the images you can see here and here.

But on the other side of the dunes it was a different story. I guess my notions of dunes being peaceful was due to visiting dunes that were protected from ATV’s, dune buggies and motorcycles!

When we first arrived at the campground in Glamis there were only a few other RVs and we set up a little ways away from everyone else. (Those are RVs in a storage yard in the background.)

RV at Imperial Sand Dunes, California, by Anne McKinnell

But it wasn’t long before the weekend crowd started to arrive and unload their toys.

ATV's at Imperial Sand Dunes, California, by Anne McKinnell

Soon the place was roaring and it was anything but peaceful! I took the opportunity to practice making some action shots as the buggies raced by only a few feet away from our RV. It certainly was exciting!

These images are very different than the type of images I usually make so it took a little practice. Below are some of the more successful shots. Please click any of the images to view larger versions.

Dune buggy at Imperial Sand Dunes, California, by Anne McKinnell

Biker at Imperial Sand Dunes, California, by Anne McKinnell

Biker at Imperial Sand Dunes, California, by Anne McKinnell

Dune buggy at Imperial Sand Dunes, California, by Anne McKinnell

Biker at Imperial Sand Dunes, California, by Anne McKinnell

As the sun set I did manage to combine both buggies and the peaceful setting in a few images and I’ll have those to show you on the blog next time.

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13 Responses to “Action Shots at Imperial Sand Dunes”

  1. Sherri Stone says:

    I feel gritty just looking at these! I love the 4th shot with the blue sky in the background but they are all great.
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    • I’m glad you mentioned that fourth shot Sherri because I tried much harder for that image than the others. The fellow who was riding saw me photographing and so he very kindly kept driving over the same dune again and again and I kept changing my position until I got the shot I wanted. Thanks for your comments Sherri.

  2. Len Saltiel says:

    Great action shots Anne. I will have to check this place out next time I get to Cali.
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    • You should check it out Len. But be warned the campsite is very loud!! We were camped in Glamis, but there are other campsites as well and perhaps they are not as loud but I suspect the ATVers are everywhere on the weekends.

  3. Edith Levy says:

    Wonderful action shots Anne.
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  4. Nice shots, I like last one!
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  5. Great series here Anne! This looks like a whole lot of fun to me! Love your action shots, freezing the fun in time like that for everyone to enjoy here!
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  6. [...] Action Shots at Imperial Sand Dunes – Anne McKinnell freezes the incredibly exciting action found on the California sand dunes in this series of photographs. Motorbikes and ATV’s use these dunes are their own private playground, and Anne’s shots bring all the fun and energy of the event to life here for everyone to enjoy. [...]

  7. Charlotte says:

    Image #2 is my favorite. The shadow of the bike, rider, and flags along with the subject making a diagonal across the image — Awesome composition!
    I’m noticing the position of the shadows/sun in your images. A lesson to be learned from that.
    Thanks for sharing. Charlotte

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