Simple Landscape Composition Ideas with Sand Dunes

In this video, landscape photographer Andrew Marr takes things back to basics by looking for simple compositions in a bleak sand dune landscape. Marr ventures out into the sweeping white sand dunes 2 hours north of Perth, Australia, where we’re given a gorgeous view of the landscape from above.

Ruffled textures and curving lines define the dunes as Marr begins to search for his minimalist compositions. Just before sunset, Marr picks out a steep dune, and struggling to get a leading line he instead focuses on the waves in the dunes.

He then points out the power of negative space, leaving plenty above the dunes to bring out their simple yet mesmerising features. For focusing, make sure you aim it on the highest peak to ensure optimum sharpness.

After giving a shout out to photographer Andrew Dawes from Adventuring Two, Marr sets up for his next image. With the sun gone down, pink and purple hues hang in the sky. Equipping a 24-70mm lens, Marr compresses the scene to isolate the sand dune.

Capturing the swooping S-curve of the dune, the shot is a calming contrast between the sandy landscape and colourful sky.

Finally, Marr waits it out for the night to arrive and get on with some much needed astrophotography. But we’ll have to wait for the next video to see the results!

For more of Marr’s work, check out his YouTube, Instagram, and website.

Want to shoot minimalist wildlife photos instead? Then read our informative guide here.


Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.