Something different at Badwater?

May 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
Badwater basin was among the most iconic of the locations we visited on our California roadtrip - but how to photograph it differently from the numerous images I've seen? In the end I gave up trying to be too original and plumped for a fairly obvious composition featuring one of the characteristic salt-crystal formations that line the valley floor...
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Zabriskie Study #2

May 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
My first view of Zabriskie Point's folding and curvaceous landscape immediately suggested a monochrome treatment, so here's my first effort. This was taken before the sun had crested the horizon line to the east. but with ambient light already bringing the folds of the land into contrast. Although the main ridge in the image is pretty central to th...
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Leaving Yosemite

April 29, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
We left Yosemite for the drive to Lake Tahoe via one final drive stopping briefly at Tunnel View, before descending into the valley, crossing the Merced river, and doubling back on ourselves along the northern bank of the river. The route climbed the side of the valley along Big Oak Flat Road, which rapidly gains elevation. The view back down the M...
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Bodie Knot & Hinge

April 24, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
A visit to the old mining town of Bodie was always a 50/50 possibility given that all the guide books and web sites said it did not open until May. However, as we approached at the end of the long drive from Tahoe the signs said it was open so we took the ten mile (each way) detour, about 3 miles of which is on a dirt track, to visit one of the hig...
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Illumination

April 22, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
My first photography attempt of the trip in Yosemite Valley was a wash out. After a 5:15am start and a 45 minute drive in the dark, with 2 feet of snow on either side of the unfamiliar road, temperatures of -10 degrees and ice on the road, I arrived at Tunnel View with 10 minutes to spare to sun-up. Even as I stared at one of the most famous vistas...
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