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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 30 Winner

The winner of Week 30 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Brandon Castle (@brandon.castle). When wandering the desert it's best to bring plenty of water and a camera to capture the journey. Brandon has won $150 and is getting his winning image printed on a HippyTree t-shirt. Explore the Nature Photography Collective section on our site to view t-shirts of past winners.

Where was the image shot?
Eureka Valley Sand Dunes, CA

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 80D
Lens: Canon 18-135mm
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
The only preparation was ensuring I had enough water with me while wandering the desert and creating whatever came to mind.

How long have you been shooting?
About 3 years and wish I would have started much sooner in life.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Earth with people and a sense of adventure.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
Any location where I can no longer differentiate between Earth and magic, which I am pretty sure is somewhere in New Zealand.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Any photographer who sacrifices sleep for brief moments of good light.

What excites you about photography?
It’s unique ability to connect you to Earth, nature and the present moment.