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The Racetrack Playa - Death Valley

esantos

McAllen, US
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esantos Moderator Nikonians Resources Writer. Recognized for his outstanding reviews on printers and printing articles. Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas, including Landscape Photography Awarded for his extraordinary accomplishments in Landscape Photography. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian. Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002
Wed 30-Jan-13 09:40 PM

I know this place in Death Valley is often photographed (maybe to death, excuse the pun), but let me tell you it is a really fun place to shoot. While driving the 28 mile dirt road to the playa the anticipation was unbearable, so much so that when we got there I just grabbed my camera bag without going through it first, grabbed my tripod, and took off walking across the dry lake bed to the far end where the sailing stones are (1-1/2 miles according to Wikipedia). When I took my bag off my back I noticed it was a little light - like one camera body light. When I unzipped it my heart sank. No camera, lots of lenses. DOOOOOHHHHH!!!! The light was starting to fade, and the SUV looked like a tiny dot back at the parking area. I can't run because of a bad knee, so I walked as fast as I could. So I yelled to my companion for the car keys and huffed it the 3 miles to the SUV to get my D800 and back to where I left my tripod. While I didn't get as much time as I could have with the sailing rocks I am glad I finally got out there to the Racetrack.

Nikon D800 (yanked from goldbricking in the back seat of the SUV)
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
Gitzo GT3541LS
RRS BH-40

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