Posts tagged “Desert

Photo Of The Day: “The Wild West”

“The Wild West

Highway 15 is the last section of pavement that stood between me and Las Vegas, Nevada after driving from San Francisco, California. It is a rather desolate road, containing nothing more than the occasional abandon gas station. I saw this train track coming up and wanted to shoot it, but since the car was going about 80 miles per hour, I didn’t think I had a chance in hell of getting a sharp, non blurry shot, let alone good composition. But I did! Throw some single raw HDR processing and some Silver Efex in the mix, and it kind of looks like an old turn of the century photograph of the sparse, yet booming Wild West.

Oh and how was I able to take a clear, sharp shot at 80 mph? 1/8000 shutter speed, f/5.6, ISO 1000

 

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Photo Of The Day “Zabriskie Point”

So, are you sick of seeing my photos from Death Valley National Park? Too bad, because the place is awesome, and I am busy as hell, and these are already processed! This is another sunrise shot, of Zabriskie Point! Damn, I love this place. I want to go back, NOW!

 

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Photo Of The Day: “Sunrise Peak”

It really is mind boggling that with a simple focal length of 432mm (ok, not THAT simple, but just go with it), you can see snow in this view from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, a place that regularly reaches 120 degrees F in the summer. This was taken at Sunrise. As you can see, the desert sky is beautiful at this time!

 

 

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Photo Of The Day : “Marbled Mountain”

Catching a sunrise at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park is a must see activity while you are there. The soft pink colors splashed on the mountain ranges across the valley are amazing. This is a very popular sunrise spot. There was about 5 other photographers while I was there (including Ken Hoffman, who is from Tiburon the town next to mine) and about 20 non photographers, just there to enjoy the amazing scene.

This is a photo I actually took after the sun had rose and the pink colors had mainly disappeared. I just love the look of the rock formation. The marbleized color scheme in the foreground is such a unique pattern I will post some earlier sunrise photos in the days to come!

 

 

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Photo Of The Day: “Badwater Sunset”

Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, is the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea level. What is really crazy about this is that Badwater Basin is only 84.6 miles south east of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Just another reason I love this great state of California!

When I got to Badwater, I was looking for the amazing salt patterns that I’m sure you have seen pictures of before. I walked and walked, but couldn’t find the same pattern! I quickly realized that the rain that had fallen on Death Valley 2 weeks earlier had filled up the Basin enough to cover the really interesting salt patterns. So while I was bummed about not being able to capture the amazing patterns, I noticed that the still water created a perfect reflection of the mountain ranges in the the distance. With the sun setting rapidly, I was able to capture a number of good shots and angles.

 

 

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Photo Of The Day “Welcome To Death Valley”

Death Valley National Park covers more than 3.3 MILLION acres. In those 3.3 million acres, there is really only 2 paved roads. These highways are thin, straight, desolate stretches on pavement that seem to go on forever, with no end in site. I think this photo conveys my point quite well!

 

 

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Photo Of The Day “Sunset On The Dunes”

I just got back from a quick 48 hour stay in Death Valley National Park. In 48 hours, I took Sunrise photos at Zabriskie Point, sunset photos at Badwater (The lowest point in the western Hemisphere at -288 feet below sea level), Drove the beautiful “Artist Drive”, off roaded the 26 mile road of Titus Canyon (probably the highlight of the trip), hiked the amazing Golden and Mosiac Canyons, and last but not least, caught a sunset on the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

Sand Dunes are everything you would think they would be. Beautiful, amazing quiet places that can be unforgiving and dangerous. It’s easy to imagine yourself in one of those movies you see, where your wandering the hot desert, lost, walking around in circles, desperate for water. I almost started hallucinating, and it was only 80 degrees, and I only hiked about 2 miles!

 

 

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