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This is an image from Death Valley. I got very low to get the most out of the foreground textures and shapes. I used a Gold-N-Blue Polarizer to really accentuate the colors.
I just updated my blog today for more images from this trip. I also included a slideshow featuring some of the images I liked best.
Two exposures combined - one for the sky and another for the dunes.
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Canon 5D MK2 17-40L
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Photo Tours and Workshops for 2009 Northwest Photo Tours
Lead By Kevin McNeal and Adrian Klein
found this poor little chipmunk in the yard one evening recently - so sad
If you want to read the entire Death Valley workshop tale, you can find that here.
I’m going to give a few more ‘behind the scenes’ bits and bobs.
-Friday night, after our group orientation Stephen, Gabor, and I went to Furnace Creek to get a cold one and a pizza before turning in. In the bar was a portion of a class from another workshop hammering patron shots. Hey, I like a good part as much as the next person…but let’s just say when the morning came, there was one group in the place to be at the time to be there…and none of them had tequila mouth.
-We suffered a terrible loss on this trip. I’m fighting back tears even discussing it…but we lost a good crock pot on this trip. Saturday night, as is custom we ate a meal prepared in the crock pot….then we might have left it in the desert for our coyote friends. I can’t confirm this…as I don’t condone feeding wildlife in national parks. If it DID happen, which it probably did NOT…I’m sure it was left out by accident, in the process of scrubbing it clean by hand. However…when we returned the following day…we found it missing from the location we’d left it. G-O-N-E. I’d like to think that maybe the ‘yotes carried it off to their land…and have learned to cook with it themselves.
-Did I mention it poured rain in Death Valley? I can’t believe I’ve personally seen over 2” of rain fall in that park within a year.
-This shot was taken on the first night of our workshop. My group and I decided to drive down the road and see if we could find the end of the storm that was pelting Badwater. We thought Stephen and his group was behind us as well…but they were fading from a long day and went back to begin the dinner festivities. Somewhere down the road we found a brief hole in the storm, and while we didn’t find any iconic Death Valley places to photograph…we found this lake…and with the reflection and little islands it made for some fun, albeit dirty photography.
-Here is the housecleaning portion of this post
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190 Death Valley Scenic Byway
Camera: Canon Eos 6D
Focal Length: 105mm
Shutter Speed: 1/640
Death Valley overlooking Badwater Basin taken from Dante's View.
Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley, California.
Taken from last weekend. Dust was blowing hard, too bad it was not showing much in the image.
From last years road trip. Extremely difficult to find an area that doesn't have thousands of footprints.
Travel tip---Don't eat at the Mexican place in Beatty!!
The shapes, light and textures at the Devil's Golf Course deserve a better name...this is a magnificent natural experience.
The Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus) is not so common in the Brigalow Belt bioregion of Queensland anymore. The Brigalow Belt has one of the highest reptile diversities of any of the bioregions (there are 85 bioregions) in Australia, however land clearing for agriculture, gas and mining has reduced it to just 10% of what it once was. This has put a lot of pressure on the wildlife of the region, in particular there are a number of snakes which are now threatened due to the land clearing. Brigalow Belt, QLD.
Abandoned Borax Mill, Death Valley Junction, California, USA
Smooth Death Valley Dunes between Ripples and Rocks.
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I just returned from an inspiring trip to Death Valley and surrounding areas, this is the first image I've worked on, and probably my favorite from the trip. It was taken just before sunset after a thunderstorm passed by. I added a post about this trip to the photocascadia blog.
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The Gate House, the main entrance to Auschwitz II (also called Auschwitz-Birkenau), the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, the largest in the Third Reich. It was called the "Gate of Death”.
It is estimated that the Nazis deported at least 1.3 million people to the Auschwitz complex between 1940 and 1945. Of these, the camp authorities murdered approximately 1.1 million people.
This is at Dantes View looking East at sunset Taken in March. 70 degrees F. Beautiful
The Death's Head Hawk Moth, Acherontia atropos.
Seen in the Keswick Museum, Cumbria.
An occasional visitor to the UK, flying over from Europe during the warm summer months.
This is further down stream from the falls I have not so cleverly named the fountain of youth. This blue icey water must then be the years bringing us closer to death, which the fountain has taken from us...making us young again...yet tainting the river with the blue chill of death. ...the hot springs I soaked in, lie directly to the right of this scene...wow...what a way to spend a Saturday.
A wonderfully quiet and peaceful spot to watch the morning sun flood the valley
Capital punishment, the death penalty, or execution is the killing of a person by judicial process as a punishment for an offense. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offences. The term capital originates from Latin capitalis, literally "regarding the head" (Latin caput). Hence, a capital crime was originally one punished by the severing of the head.
Capital punishment has in the past been practiced in virtually every society, although currently only 58 nations actively practice it, with 95 countries abolishing it (the remainder having not used it for 10 years or allowing it only in exceptional circumstances such as wartime). It is a matter of active controversy in various countries and states, and positions can vary within a single political ideology or cultural region .
are you trying to say you want to kill me?
I am a pimp. I am the undead!
by pimp .
Death Valley, California, November 2014
Fotógrafo/Photographer: Javier Castillo
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From Dante's View, Death Valley spreads out below. The large white area is Badwater Basin. The Panamint Mountains rise on the far side of the basin.
End of death valley series. Thank you all for your visits, comments and favs.
Had such an incredible time in a remote part of Death Valley. These cracks were crazy deep, some 2" or more deep. Great way to spend my Birthday!
Still a couple spots left in my Death Valley tour next month www.exploringexposure.com/2015-photography-workshops/deat...
Captured in early March 2014 at Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley, California
The Sand Dunes of Death Valley. Late afternoon. One minute later the light was gone.
The beach huts of Excelsior Hotel in Venise on Lido island remind me an excellent Thomas Man short story "Death in Venice" whose action takes place in the hotel.
Picture taken on Death Valley National Park, California. EEUU.