Northbound by johnmumaw

Decided to leave my Colorado Plateau comfort zone a couple of weeks ago for another desert experience. I’d always wanted to visit the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley to witness one of nature’s strangest phenomena. A storm passing through the region convinced me to head out there, and I wasn’t disappointed. Had the playa to myself that afternoon and morning, and the crepuscular rays from that evening were a special blessing. Yeah, an empty desert with a touch of magic…..not too far out of my comfort zone after all!
Many thanks to Willie Huang for lighting a fire under my ass, and David Thompson for some generous tips. Special thanks to Sarah Marino & Ron Coscorrosa for their superb ebook titled ‘DESERT PARADISE:
The Landscape Photographer’s Guide To Death Valley National Park’
. Highly recommended!

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Desert Chess by eyeofalens

Desert Chess

I nearly missed this opportunity, as I was half way up a dune behind where I’ve captured this from & then saw the sun making a small break through the clouds. So quickly running or scampering back down to here .As it all happen so fast this compostion with the playa could have been better, I should have been back a little further to get all of it in ( which I did afterwards ) but the best of the sun had gone, I have one or two more with a smaller sunstar, but think I prefer this one for now.
I was also torn between running back here or running up the dune, but think I wouldn’t have made it in time for the sun making it’s break.

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Structures by Pcoskun

Going back through this years portfolio and thought I would open this one up to process. I have always been attracted to golden lit dunes, so when I made a short detour to the dunes in death valley earlier this year I knew what I had in mind. I typically dislike wind a great deal, especially if I am out photographing. However, this is one of those places where blowing winds can really create some dynamic conditions. It was actually very very calm on this evening, not the slightest bit of wind, which I was still ok with as it left beautiful textures on the dunes. I really wanted to emphasize the light on the dunes, so I pushed the contrast up quite a bit here. I ended up enjoying the end result here, but going through this portfolio of sand dunes has given me many more ideas to execute more images from this incredible place.

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Badwater Basin by SarahMarino

We ended up in the right place at the right time to see Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park flooded. What had been gnarly, rough, and brown salt polygons have been broken down by the rain and are reforming as more delicate white salt polygons. Here, a thin layer of water and the blue tones of twilight almost make the salt look like ice.

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Thanks, as always, for your time in viewing my photography!

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Photographer’s Light by tadingle

My best friend in the world getting the shot in the distance at the Mesquite Dunes of Death Valley National Park. The sky is literally on fire as it prepares to unleash hell down onto the desert floor below.

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Late Burn by BrettNickeson

This was one of the best sunsets I’ve witnessed while out shooting and by far the best I saw in my time at Death Valley. It was actually the “second sunset” – I’m sure it has an actual name and explanation – where the initial colors die down, letting you think that’s all she wrote. Then a final blaze of glory lasting only a minute or so, long after you’d expect it. I may have whooped and hollered a time or two after this…

Since I can’t control the placement of the clouds, I tried to find a meaningful composition in the three seconds I felt I had to start shooting. I tried to align the cloud with the diagonal shape of the dune highlights to create a somewhat contiguous shape throughout the image. Not ideal but I thought it turned out pretty well and became my favorite image and experience of the trip.

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