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Badwater Sunrise - Death Valley National Park, California

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Here's another shot from that epic sunrise over the Badwater basin in Death Valley National Park.

 

Kendra and I had only been here once before at sunset on our first day here and it seemed like the best light was either to the north or the south. I settled in to this composition facing south before the sky exploded...to the west.

 

I almost had tunnel vision and was facing south while the color intensified and a photographer walked right by me. I thought, "what is he shooting?!?!?". I turned my head 90 degrees and saw the sky on fire.

 

This was the shot, prior to that revelation. Thanks photographer dude, whoever you were!

 

Nikon D300

Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm

20 sec @ f16, ISO 100

Singh-Ray 3-stop reverse GND filter

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Taken on January 1, 2010