Death Valley National Park

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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