I've been collecting road pictures for a while. Roads these days tend to be cut straight through the landscape. This old road -- still heavily travelled -- just kind of slides through.
If you look closely at the sky area, you can see that it's raining. I hate shooting in "bad weather", because it tends to be uncomfortable.
However, I find myself racing out whenever clouds appear -- because the pictures turn out so well...
D800, 24-120 F4 at 58mm
F10 at 1/400, ISO 400
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#5. "RE: Death Valley Road" | In response to Reply # 0
I really like the contrast in lighting here and the composition is right on. As far as shooting in bad weather... my favorite time to be out with the camera... best chance for dramatic light like this.
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#7. "RE: Death Valley Road" | In response to Reply # 6
Thanks to all for the positive comments! I love this shot, and I'm glad it appeals to others as well -- sometimes my tastes get a bit esoteric and obscure...
It is Twenty Mule Team Canyon. I avoided this area for years because it is so well known and heavily visited. I tend to prefer the unknown and unvisited, and our current project does get us "out there" a lot. I did start visiting Twenty Mule Team a couple of years ago because few visitors actually get out of their cars and walk there even though the walking there can be wildly rewarding. It's also only 20 minutes from where we live when in Death Valley, so when I need a break from the computer I can drive there, take a walk, and be back to work in a couple of hours.
I love the D800 for this kind of work because of it's remarkable dynamic range -- it has even more than my beloved D3. I exposed for the highlights here which left the sky and distant mountains pretty dark before post processing -- they had to be pulled up a lot. I've printed this at 13 by 19 inches so far and the print is flawless -- utterly sharp and noiseless. I love that camera!
#9. "RE: Death Valley Road" | In response to Reply # 7
Ahh..my first instinct was correct. When I drove it last October, i pulled over a few times where there was room...it was a warm, cloudless super sunny day so i didn't get any shots of real interest. I prob should have walked around some more...the first time i got out some aggressive bee/wasp was flying all around me...needless to day i decided not to get stung and ran back into the car....oddly enough yet another aggressive wasp or whatever was pestering me at Badwater....maybe it was the hat i was wearing...jeesh...
So you live that close to DVNP? You ought to give private photo tours!
#10. "RE: Death Valley Road" | In response to Reply # 9
I actually am lucky enough to live there in the winter. Birgitta and I are volunteers there, doing a long term project documenting and photographing the many backcountry cabins and structures left over from the mining days. Very cool job -- involves a lot of 4WD driving into truly remarkable places, and then hanging out for days at a time. The only problem is that I'm working harder at this than I ever worked before I retired.
Living in a National Park is highly recommended. No phone (our choice) no internet no TV (absolutely our choice). Fascinating people work there. Great boss -- lets us do our thing without any interference. In fact he basically let us design our job and develop the "cabin program". Everybody there loves the work we're doing. We gave a slide show and talk about our work to senior Park management just before we left and it was very well received.
This is one of the stranger places we've done recently. It is a long abandoned sulfur mine up in the North part of the park. The park is trying to figure out just what to do with this place. It's a mess and would be a monumental and expensive reclamation job. Thorough records of a site like this are very useful in this sort of decision making...
D3, 24-70mm at 50mm
F11 at 1/250. ISO 200, tripod
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#14. "RE: Death Valley Road" | In response to Reply # 13
Road pictures can be fun, and boy does Death Valley have some roads! This is actually a real and legal road up in the North part of the park. It does not get a lot of traffic, for some reason...
Birgitta does not look real happy here -- she lives in eternal horror of bending a government truck. She hates to spot, though, and is a more patient driver than I am, so I'm the one who gets out and gives directions while she creeps through.
D3, 24-70 at 48mm
F16 at 1/60, ISO 500, handheld
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#16. "RE: Death Valley Road" | In response to Reply # 15
Only one Hummer in the Park, and that one is reserved for one of the back country Law Enorcement guys (who maintains it himself, as the auto shop guys don't like it much). This ole Dodge is absolutely enormous -- makes our personal 4Runner seem downright petite. We've gotten the Dodge stuck a couple of times now -- 4WD is definitely not all it's cracked up to be. Definitely not like those ads on TV!. If you're gonna do this kind of stuff it's awfully nice to have radio and satellite phone communication available...
#18. "RE: Death Valley Road" | In response to Reply # 0
It's easy to understand why Death Valley earned its name. But the road shows that it was home to some forms of life eons ago. Good timing, as regards the direction of light, and great clouds.