This photograph was taken at dawn, at the blue hour that precedes sunrise.
The sky was clear and still not tinted red by the sun. The light on the dunes was only from the blue sky. The white sand dunes, being neutral in color, took on the color of the sky. While the sand was white it looked blue to the camera.
My eyes did not see the blue color because human eyesight neutralizes colors. To me the dunes looked white. To the camera they were blue because digital sensors, and film to some extent, capture color the way it is. Unlike human sight they do not neutralize colors.
During processing I altered the color slightly to create harmonious blue tones and make the scene aesthetically pleasing. However the color was there to start with.
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