Death Valley National Park

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, Recent Posts, Tips & Advice | 0 comments

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An Intimate Landscape in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park has so many stark and unique landscapes it is hard to capture all of it in one outing.  Here is a recent image from my trip in February that I just processed.  It features a unique and stark example of placing subjects close to capture a more intimate landscape without having big vista.

 

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Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, Recent Posts, Tips & Advice | 0 comments

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The Racetrack Playa

The Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park is at the end of a 28 mile rough, dirt road.  This is a very bizarre and mysterious place.  The playa (dry lake bed) has what are called “moving rocks”.  The rocks, some weigh as much as 700 pounds, are found with tracks left in the lake bed.  The lake bed itself is very hard.  Some think that the wind move the rocks after the bed has become wet with rain.  GPS devices have been placed on the rocks and we know that they move, but no one has seen them move.  At any rate, it is great for photography, with the starkness and the leading track lines.  Many are short, some are curved and some are up to 3000 ft long.AT4T0593WM

Death Valley National Park

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, From The Blog, Tips & Advice | 0 comments

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

I just returned from a shoot in Death Valley National Park.  Wow, is this place desolate! From 290 ft below sea level to over 6000 ft photographing the multitude of a diverse landscape.

I was in Death Valley National Park with my friend and mentor Joe Zinn who knows the park well.  He led me to most of the places and we were there at the right time of day at each spot.  Distances between the iconic areas and not so well known areas are far apart, especially when one is up before dawn and out after sunset.

KN7C6529WMThe winter is a good time to go to Death Valley National Park, as the temperature is moderate, 30s in the morning and up to 75 F in the afternoons.  Camping out is available, but this time I wanted to stay in a comfortable bed for my aging back.  A central location like “Stovepipe Wells” is a good option.  Not too expensive and a good restaurant.

The images presented here are the first I have processed and show the starkness of the landscape and the lack of many growing plants.  All have adapted to such stark conditions.  The landscape with what appears as water is, salt water.  This spot  is 290 feet below sea level.  The plants growing there have adapted to such a severe saline environment.

I will show more images in the next installment.  All of these images were captured with either a Canon 1dx, 5d mark III, 17-40 f4, 24-105 f4, or 70-200 f4.  I use a travel tripod and ball head that I can pack in my suitcase made by Feisol.

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