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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Congratulations to Ben Horne for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 7 votes - View Previous Winners


For the past 5 years or so, I've gone to Death Valley and Zion each winter. This year it was a pretty wild trip that resulted in many broken cameras and even my vehicle was disabled by a rodent in Death Valley. Despite all that, it was a productive trip, and I exposed a lot of film. If you are interested in seeing my video journals from this trip, you will find them on my youtube channel: youtube.com/c/benhorne

All of these photos were taken on 8x10 Velvia 50 slide film with my Ritter 8x10 camera.

The first photo was taken with my 600mm fuji lens on the Ritter camera in absolutely calm conditions. This camera is easily shaken in the wind, especially when used with a long lens, so I was very happy to have no wind.

The second photo was taken in Death Valley on my return trip. There was some water on the salt flats, so I setup my camera and waited a few hours. It looked like it was going to be a gloomy overcast sunset, but at the very last minute, some of the clouds began to dissipate, and the color was quite nice.

The final photo is a closeup of a frosty tree trunk deep in the shade on the East side of Zion. The rock was wedged in the root ball of the tree. I liked how it looked like a feathered creature guarding an egg.

















Mar 22, 2017 at 01:33 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Ben,
great images as usual. I love the second one the most.

Maji



Mar 22, 2017 at 02:08 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Great stuff Ben. Nice of the Ritter to give you a parting gift. Just the other day I was experiencing quite cloudy conditions and not unlike your photo I was completely surprised when for a real brief moment a splash of color lit up the clouds through some unseen gap to the west. You were ready, while I was taken by complete surprise. Just goes to show you have to wait it out until it's truly done like you did.


Mar 22, 2017 at 04:02 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Great stuff as always Ben, I love the 2nd shot. I've been a fan of your work for some time now. Also follow your vids on you tube. You probably don't remember but you saved my butt years ago in Zion when hiking out of the subway in darkness with a twisted ankle.

Kurt



Mar 22, 2017 at 07:07 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Just caught the film reveal and nice to see these finished. Good to see!

aF



Mar 22, 2017 at 11:33 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Congrats to you , these are amazing Ben



Mar 22, 2017 at 12:15 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Love them!
Also miss drum scanning those beautiful tx's.
Each a wonderful piece of art in their own right.

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Mar 22, 2017 at 01:04 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Ben;

Each is uniquely wonderful in their own right. I am partial to the 2nd image - but I like stories - and that one surely has one!

Really enjoyed the latest video series on your travels. Lots of drama and suspense - and in the end - solid story telling. Keep up the great work.

Todd



Mar 22, 2017 at 04:50 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


I have seen most of the video diaries from the Zion trips...have to dig into the DV ones...its a great insight into your workflow and really shows your dedication...you have quite a unique eye...


Mar 22, 2017 at 05:11 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Great images all. My preference is #1 for the palette of colors from Velvia & exposure.
The salt flat scene is classic.
Your comments about the wind remind me of trying to shoot a windy Zabriskie point with my 4x5
I had to use my BIL holding his coat out like a flasher to block the wind

Dan



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


second image is to die for. well worth the wait!


Mar 22, 2017 at 07:28 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Very nice Ben. Nice to see the care you put into your work.


Mar 22, 2017 at 07:40 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Bump, just cuz...


Mar 23, 2017 at 01:20 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Love the colors & textures in all of them! You must be quite happy with this collection.


Mar 24, 2017 at 03:07 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


A great image has scalability. That's the case with your entire set and especially the first one. The light and the way you composed creates order and interesting layers from a otherwise chaotic scene.
Thanks for sharing them Ben!
Fred



Mar 24, 2017 at 04:30 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


As always nice LF work!


Mar 24, 2017 at 05:36 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Ben, I love watching your videos and seeing the end results. Wonderful set! All three are very unique.


Mar 24, 2017 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Fantastic set Ben. Love the 2nd one, just the deep blues are lovely. It was great bumping into you at the mud tiles!


Jason



Mar 24, 2017 at 06:54 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Nice series. Especially like #2.


Mar 25, 2017 at 11:30 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Death Valley/Zion Winter


Thanks everyone! It was certainly a pretty crazy trip! I'm looking forward to getting out into the field again next month. :-)


Mar 26, 2017 at 03:34 PM
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