I have been to Death Valley at least a dozen times. Each time is different and I am always discovering new locations to take photos from. The shot above was made late one day a few winters ago while on my way back from visiting Bodie. Bodie is one of the strangest towns you can visit. A few hours there feels like a day and it’s kind of one of those oddball towns with oddball people. I highly recommend a visit there. Anyway on my way back from the visit I came over the mountain and the whole valley had a spectacular set of clouds over it. And, the sun was going down. So I drove downhill to a location that gave a clear view of the valley and let the magic happen. It was like the whole sky was on fire. I used a wide-angle lens to get as much sky as I could. The photo below was one of the workshop attendees silhouetted against the sky.
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I am in catch up m ode and sharing images that have been sitting in my Blog files for a while. Today I’ll share two images from Death VAlley. The whole Death Valley things is a bit surreal. It’s a beautiful place. It’s a place you don’t visit in the summer. It gets amazingly nasty hot. Winter time is the time to visit. The image above was shot at dawn when I was shooting sunrise in the dunes near Stovepipe Wells. The image below was a bit further out in Death Valley and I found an old shack and a hundred feet from it was this roller skate. Now who roller skates in the Dessert?
On one of my visits to Death Valley I visited Scotty’s Castle. This is a pretty cool castle located in the middle of the desert. Really hard to believe some guy a hundred years ago built a place like this. This image was made lying on my back and shooting straight up the circular staircase. Then I messed with it in pst processing.
Sometimes the light gods watch over you. This image was made on a trip back from Beatty, NV. This is a small town of about a 1000 people living in the absolute middle of no where. More on Beatty in another post sometime. As I was returning to Death Valley I looked west and saw these clouds. I pushed it and crested the top of the mountain and looked down in the valley back to Furnace Creek and this is what I was greeted with. It was made with a 28mm lens on an IQ180 Phase One camera. Sometimes you just luck out.
While photographing in Death Valley I visited the Artist Pallet are to shoot sunset. There on the side of the road was this motorcycle guy leaning back on his bike watching the mountains light up in all the magic they do. I went p to take pictures and I started talking to this guy. Turns out he has been cruising the highways for 17 years. everything he owns or needs is packed on the back of this bike. I asked if he would pose for some shots and he was more than cooperative. This is the result of the shot. I did some post work on this image in Photoshop to make it a bit different.
Sunrises, what a way to start the day. The light is so dynamic and ever changing. On the workshops I lead we get up for sunrises everyday. No one complains as after a beautiful sunrise your day is a bit different in a very good way. This one was shot a few weeks ago in Death Valley in the Dunes area.
Another splendid day in Death Valley leads to this great shot. Sometimes it just works. This is just a small version, but it was shot on an ALPA camera with a Phase One IQ 180 back with a 23mm lens. I want to work this image more when I get home.
This has been a fantastically great trip for spectacular images. We have had good light and good weather and it has been a pleasure making new friends from China. Seems photographers from all over the world like the same things. This shot was done at the Dunes in Death Valley at dawn. When the dunes light up it is a blast as you keep seeing things you want to shoot.