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In total silence, the sweltering Death Valley heat creeps over a hundred degrees. Even signals of an approaching dusk are powerless against these temperatures. As my footsteps crunch along the salt flats, I stumble across this unusual landscape. Time to set up the tripod and sneak in a much needed water break.
After fiddling around with several different focal lengths, I finally settled on 17mm.
Taken with A7R + Canon 17mm f/4L. Very small tilt with the lens shifted down about 6mm.
Comments appreciated,
Fred




  ILCE-7R    17mm F4 lens    17mm    f/10.0    1/3s    100 ISO  




Apr 14, 2014 at 04:31 PM
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Awesome image Fred!


Apr 14, 2014 at 04:36 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 100 Degrees on Salt Lands


very nice shot


Apr 14, 2014 at 05:15 PM
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Great drama in the sky Fred. If anything I would like it to be perhaps more prominent.

Phil



Apr 14, 2014 at 05:18 PM
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Beautiful shot Fred. Great job of arranging the circles in the foreground.

Kelly



Apr 14, 2014 at 05:28 PM
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Hey Fred,

A nice one indeed, I like the look of these polygons. They almost seem to be reflecting the color of the sunset in them.

And yeah, it's a very strange type of heat that can follow you in in DV, almost stifling in it's effects.

Jim



Apr 14, 2014 at 05:42 PM
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Beautiful image, Fred. A real different floor from the usual salt polygons. Was it that hot as evening approached? I remember it being over 100 degrees at 8 AM once.


Apr 14, 2014 at 05:45 PM
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Soooweeeeeeeet!! I was there last week...didn't take a single photo...it was a camping trip with the kids so they dictated the whole schedule


Apr 14, 2014 at 06:01 PM
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very nice! did you use an ND filter for the sky?

I also like your text!



Apr 14, 2014 at 06:26 PM
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Marvellous shot, very 3-D-esque.


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Hey Fred,

Spectacular capture of the desert crack scene lit by the cloud enhanced light. Nice compo.



Apr 14, 2014 at 06:37 PM
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I was there last week. Spent a full day in snow! High up in those distant mountains in your photograph. ;-)



Apr 14, 2014 at 06:53 PM
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Nicely done Fred.


Apr 14, 2014 at 07:09 PM
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Very cool shot Fred! I like how you found a distinctive clump of salt pools in the foreground, and the light in the background is great! I've been skunked quite a few times in DV when the clouds will either build in and fill the sky, or completely disappear when the light is getting good.

I can't imagine trying to shoot in those conditions. It can be quite uncomfortable even when it's int he 70's or 80's on the salt flats because of all the reflected light.



Apr 14, 2014 at 07:14 PM
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philtax wrote:
Great drama in the sky Fred. If anything I would like it to be perhaps more prominent.

Phil


Thanks Phil,
The sky was bald during pretty much the entire day but luckily clouds build up quite nicely at around 7:00pm. It was incredible being there and watch the fire show.
I have some other images with more sky and will post them later.
Best,
Fred



Apr 14, 2014 at 09:01 PM
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kellyakinsart wrote:
Beautiful shot Fred. Great job of arranging the circles in the foreground.

Kelly


Thanks Kelly. From the angle, it looks like the circular shapes stretch a long way but in fact they were located in a very small section of the floor.
Take care,
Fred



Apr 14, 2014 at 09:16 PM
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Very well done. I admire your work and just ran into you a short time ago! J. R.


Apr 14, 2014 at 09:17 PM
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JimFox wrote:
Hey Fred,

A nice one indeed, I like the look of these polygons. They almost seem to be reflecting the color of the sunset in them.

And yeah, it's a very strange type of heat that can follow you in in DV, almost stifling in it's effects.

Jim


Thanks Jim. I was aiming for a slight different foreground look. I'm planning on going back in the summer for night shots and will be bringing my Astrotrac with me. I will be more prepared for the heat.
I just got back from my 2-day trip there and during one sunset shooting, the temperature was approaching 110 degrees at the Artist Palette drive.
Fred



Apr 15, 2014 at 12:16 AM
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Works for me!
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Great job!

Andrey



Apr 15, 2014 at 12:23 AM
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First reactions before reading the comments of others:
OMGoodness- so much better than the dozens of images I've taken of those geometric shapes that I am humbled by it.
Tough to choose between a magnificent sky and a magnificent foreground- so I assume you also took a variety of shots varying the emphasis.
I bet they also work exceptionally well.
This one sure does .
Charlie



Apr 15, 2014 at 12:41 AM
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