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Badwater? More like terrible water - Salt Springs, Death Valley

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Off the beaten track in Death Valley, down a hillside covered in ankle-breakers, through a gauntlet of skewering plants, lies a a mysterious place known only as the Springs (Salt). If you go, beware the pincushion plants, the quick mud, the glomming salt crust! If you are really lucky you might catch a glimpse of the elusive Death Valley Sea Monkey.

Tech notes on this photo
Nikon D7000
Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm
f/9 - Sharpest spot on my lens, still adequate for full DOF with my crop sensor
1/100 sec.
Lee soft GND filter, 2 stop maybe?

In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2)
- Processed single raw file once
- Global "s-curve" curves adjustment

In Photoshop:
- Levels adjustment to improve tonal range and remove excess yellow tint
- Curves layer for a little more contrast
- Color balance to bring some warmth back into the clouds
- Curves layer to darken sky and add drama

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  1. Dubus Laurent 40 months ago | reply

    You have been invited to add this picture to
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  2. transpixt 40 months ago | reply

    Beautiful tones and mode - well-worth the scramble through ankle-breakers, I hope.

  3. sunset_man 40 months ago | reply

    Is there life on Mars?
    Happy Holidays!

  4. lostinagoodway [deleted] 40 months ago | reply

  5. nna:2006 40 months ago | reply

    Magnificent !!

  6. ionut iordache 40 months ago | reply

    Have a great day!

  7. M Atif Saeed 40 months ago | reply

    cool leandins

  8. Gutter-Rainbow [deleted] 40 months ago | reply

    Impressive and beautiful shot !!

  9. M@ H 40 months ago | reply

    Wonderful shot I love the leading lines and color. Very different looking from when I was there.

  10. kash khetani 40 months ago | reply

    awesome pic Josh

  11. Fred Wang - Photography 40 months ago | reply

    beautiful foreground pattern.

  12. Andrei Reinol 40 months ago | reply

    Well composed foreground, nice leading line. Great warm tones in reflections. Beautiful overal colouring.

  13. pottering_around 40 months ago | reply

    very well thought out shot. like the tones on the brown icky water too.

  14. Bob Bowman Photography 17 months ago | reply

    I thought I had a good grasp on composition until I met you. You really opened my eyes Josh. I thank you for that!

  15. wings1884 14 months ago | reply

    Sweet remember !!!

  16. cowlishaw 5 months ago | reply

    I definitely love all your photographs! :)

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