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

Please view large for saltastic reflections, Press L

 

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.

 

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Tech notes on this photo

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Nikon D7000

Tokina 12-24 f/4 at 12mm

ISO100

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?

 

Post-Processing

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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

 

Thanks for your visits!

 

~Josh

 

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Taken on November 10, 2011