I'm back from my second Winter season of shooting in Death Valley National Park. As always it was a remarkable experience!
This shot is for all those who have avoided this place because it's "too hot and too dry". I was wearing a heavy fleece jacket and windbreaker, a hat that covers my ears, and fleece gloves and still got chilled...
D3, 24-70 f2.8 at 24mm F11 at 1/200, ISO 800, handheld
#4. "RE: Death Valley 2013" In response to Reply # 2
Neal, your photography of DVNP is phenomenal. Your skills at capturing just the right light are incredible. If I could shoot half as good as you I would be content!
I did my first DVNP soiree last October after a Vegas business trip. I only spent two days there hitting the main sites...but i was a memorable trip....I'm in Vegas this June and likely again in late Oct/ early Nov again..
#6. "RE: Death Valley 2013" In response to Reply # 5
Thanks to all!
I've come to love Death Valley, and I enjoy showing that it's not all sand dunes, cactus and 130 degrees in the shade.
That first shot is of Salt Creek. There is an old trail that leads beyond the end of the boardwalk a couple of miles to a place called MacLean Spring (also known as Burned Wagon Point). This pool is along that trail. Birgitta and I were there about three weeks ago in warmer weather and the pool was full of schools of tiny Pupfish.
Here's another shot from that afternoon of snow flurries.
#9. "RE: Death Valley 2013" In response to Reply # 8
Thank you -- I'm glad people are enjoying these efforts.
Our job in Death Valley is to document in depth the many back country cabins and mining structures that remain. This allows us to justify being out there for days at a time at each site. We've gone for days at some of these places without seeing another soul. A side benefit of all this is that we just get to hang out and watch things happen...
#10. "RE: Death Valley 2013" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 26-Apr-13 08:21 AM by Robman3
West of Santa Monica, US
Brilliant as ever Neil.
Most visitors to DVNP, spend (one) night, and there are over 2MM annually, hardly time to get off the bus or out of the car, and, in the summer, completely booked with EU centric folks.
I tried finding your image on the large blow ups in the visitor center, but wasn't able to spot the work you said they would use. Perhaps it is in the showing from the staff which I was not there to see in March?
For those who do not know, Pup Fish are Pleistocene and have adapted to salt environs. They inhabit mostly remote desert pools in parts of Nevada, California, Arizona and Northern Mexico deserts.
All strains are unique and on the endangered list.
February into March, they are visible spawning around the interpretive trail stream(s) otherwise they hang out in upper salt creek (your photo) and are not so visible.
PS, I complained to corporate about dumbing down one of the best steak houses in the USA, the Wrangler. Went to the top, they answered in one day, just in remodel mode, steaks will return but they really screwed up our ritual New Years Eve dinner.
#12. "RE: Death Valley 2013" In response to Reply # 11
Thank you Rob. Much of the magic of our experience there is simply being there day after day for months at a time, and being willing and able to just be in these places watching things happen.
There are actually four of my shots in the new Visitor Center diplays. Oddly cropped and with wonky color but still nice to see there. I'll post a shot when I get a chance.
And Thank you, Aart. I'd be delighted if you show it to whoever might be interested! I agree with your comments. Most of Death Valley is mountains, and the mountains don't have any clothes on. It's a geologist' paradise!
And it's all part of a bigger story. In the shots above I'm shooting from the "X" in both shots below. In the sunset mountain shot above, I'm shooting straight left from the "X". In the posts above that show "Striped Butte", I'm now on the ridge above and to the left of the Butte. To the right in the shots below is Manley Peak -- a granite pluton intruded into the existing sedimentary layers. Thus the feeling in the shots above of shooting from a granite landscape into a layered landscape.
The striped butte in the above shots can be seen from above in these photos. These shots have been worked pretty extensively in PP (one is even an HDR) to enhance contrast and make detais visible...
#14. "RE: Death Valley 2013" In response to Reply # 13
Here is one shot they used. This panel is just outside the entrance into the museum area -- the shot on the upper right is ours, and features my wife as the model. She's quite amused at being featured in a museum! The image was discussed last Fall in this thread: