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Old Apr-01-2012, 02:47 PM
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I went camping in Death Valley over spring break for 4 days for a National Park film about young college folks like me enjoying nature. These pictures are posted in no particular order in terms of date.

1. This was at Dante's Point, quite an amazing place.


2. Hotdog plants at Darwin Falls, I didn't really like scrambling around this particular area because it didn't feel really safe.


3. A closer view of Dante's Point


4. Zabriskie Point at sunset



5. Zabriskie Point at sunset from another place


6. The Devil's Golf Course, the terrain pretty much looks like this throughout and is completely salt.



7. A close up of the salt crystals at the Devil's Golf Course


8. The other side of Dante's Point, there's a lot more vegetation on this side due to the geology.


9. A pile of dirt, these things can be seen all around the valley in the mountains. They are formed over short periods of time from rare storms that cause all of the dirt to come pouring down because they have no vegetation to hold them down.


10. A view along the side of Ubehebe Crater. It's much bigger and far more fantastic in person, no picture can do this place justice.


11. Badwater Basin Salt Flats in the morning


12. Sand Dunes at sunset


13. I'm not sure what make these tracks in the sand but I'm guessing perhaps a snake.


14. Rocks close up, not entirely sure where I took this though. It's either on the hills around my campsite or at Dante's Point.


15. This was on a hill around my campsite.



16. Artist's Pallete at sunset.


17. Zabriskie Point Panorama


18. Badwater Basin Panorama


19. Sand Dune Panorama


20. Ubehebe Crater Panorama


21. Badwater Basin Panorama
Old Apr-01-2012, 02:54 PM
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In photo 13, the tracks look like the trail of a sidewinder. interesting that there would be three of these trails so close together.
Old Apr-03-2012, 06:02 PM
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Great collections of shots. Looks like you had a great trip.
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Old Apr-17-2012, 10:37 PM
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Really cool series. Thanks for sharing.
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Old Apr-18-2012, 07:10 PM
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Such an awesome place to visit. You've got some nice shots in there. I love the snake tracks, but wish it popped a bit more. It's a little dark. I also love the sand dune pano. Again, I'd like to see more detail and pop in the shadows. And I think the Zabriskie point pano could be something really special with some more post processing love. Good work!
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Old Apr-18-2012, 10:23 PM
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Nice shots. Thorough trip. A better term for the "pile of dirt" may be alluvial fan. Several together form a bajada (bah-hah-da).

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Old Apr-23-2012, 05:07 PM
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Such an awesome place to visit. You've got some nice shots in there. I love the snake tracks, but wish it popped a bit more. It's a little dark. I also love the sand dune pano. Again, I'd like to see more detail and pop in the shadows. And I think the Zabriskie point pano could be something really special with some more post processing love. Good work!
Well this is where being colorblind gives me a bit more trouble than most folks, what looks nice to me doesn't always look the same to the general majority. So given that, are there any particular colors that you think could use more boosting?

Yes alluvial fan is the correct term that I should have remembered but couldn't, thank you for reminding me.
Old Apr-24-2012, 04:53 PM
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Well, I was using "color" as a very broad term. I mean more that I believe the photos could be improved with some regional curves adjustments. Isolate areas in the shot that would benefit from a particular curve and then paint it in using a layer mask. Is this a process you're familiar with? Some are, some aren't.
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Old Apr-25-2012, 02:24 PM
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I ran it through redynamix.

Old Apr-25-2012, 03:26 PM
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I ran it through redynamix.
A lot of people would LOVE that.

I find it a bit over the top, not natural enough for my taste. But it is a taste thing, for sure. What do YOU think?
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Old Apr-25-2012, 10:28 PM
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From my perspective, the clouds are a bit overblown and unrealistic, however the landscape is fairly accurate to what it actually looked like when I was there according to my memory.
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