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Fortunately, I've been able to take three short trips to Death Valley in the past couple months. On the latest trip, I set out to find me some cracked mud. Spent the unusually hot February day scouting out a few spots between Badwater and Furnace Creek and found this area had some pretty cool lifting and patterns. As the day progressed, I nearly gave up on my plan because it looked like the sky over the dunes would be excellent. Ultimately, my laziness and not wanting to tread the dunes in 95 degree weather kicked in and I decided to stick with the plan. Not as otherworldly as Badwater and other features of the park, but I haven't seen many photos of this area and I liked the idea of shooting something different. While it did look like the sky may have been impressive at the dunes, at least I captured it in the distance.

Shot with Sony a7r and Canon 17mm TS-E, consisting of two exposures. Thanks for looking!







Mar 22, 2016 at 12:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Hey Andrew,

Well laziness turned out to be your benefit here. This is a really cool shot and an area we dont see very many from. Nice light and nice natural processing.

Jim



Mar 22, 2016 at 12:40 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Lovely capture Andrew!
TS-E does save some time stacking...

Andrey



Mar 22, 2016 at 12:51 PM
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JimFox wrote:
Hey Andrew,

Well laziness turned out to be your benefit here. This is a really cool shot and an area we dont see very many from. Nice light and nice natural processing.

Jim


Thank you Jim, appreciate the positive feedback

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lionking wrote:
Lovely capture Andrew!
TS-E does save some time stacking...

Andrey


Thanks Andrey! I just love the versatility of the 17 TS-E



Mar 22, 2016 at 01:36 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Andrew;
I've become quite fond of mud tiles too - well done on these - really like the intricate pattern. Simple pattern - but really pleasing to the eye.
Todd



Mar 22, 2016 at 02:01 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


How are you liking that combo? I have the A7R and really am considering the 17TSE. I have the MetaBones IV adapter already.

This is a gorgeous image.



Mar 22, 2016 at 02:18 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


A beautifully simple composition, well photographed and processed.
---John



Mar 22, 2016 at 02:42 PM
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Scott Kroeker wrote:
How are you liking that combo? I have the A7R and really am considering the 17TSE. I have the MetaBones IV adapter already.

This is a gorgeous image.


Thanks Scott! I highly recommend the a7r / 17TS-E combo. The lens on its own is incredible and having it matched with the live view and focus assist on the sony... it's just sweet. Aside from cost, I can't think of anything negative about the pairing.



Mar 22, 2016 at 04:16 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Your search paid off, these are excellent mud cracks. And photographed beautifully.


Mar 22, 2016 at 10:56 PM
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High class image with perfect process.

No further comment.



Mar 23, 2016 at 11:20 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


very very nice



Mar 23, 2016 at 12:33 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Congratulations on a very cool shot. I like how you captured the minute texture on the mud sections. Great job!


Mar 23, 2016 at 01:10 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Very well done! I like the detailed texture of the FG with leading lines of the two cracks that pull the eye into the scene. As Jim mentioned, the PP looks realistic and natural.


Mar 23, 2016 at 02:22 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Awesome find, Andrew. Love the light on the mud.


Mar 23, 2016 at 04:07 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Really nice light. I'm wondering, why the tilt shift lens (as you can see, I know little about uses for the tilt shift lenses other than straightening architecture)? How would this shot be different if it were taken with a standard lens at 17mm?


Mar 23, 2016 at 04:42 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


One of the best images I've ever seen from Death Valley. You've captured this most eloquently and the composition and light work so well together in this image. Also very nice to see corner to corner sharpness on this which I feel is important. This is one of those images that is likely to go more or less 'unseen' because it doesn't represent what most consider to be a 'nice pretty picture'. You Sir have vision that most don't or won't see and that is what makes this image unique and to my eyes stand out from all the dross that we see nowadays.

This is an exquisite image that marks all the boxes for the right reasons and I'm so glad that you shared it here!

Nigel.



Mar 23, 2016 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Thanks for all the feedback so far! Wow, appreciate the kind words Nigel

woutgeo wrote:
Really nice light. I'm wondering, why the tilt shift lens (as you can see, I know little about uses for the tilt shift lenses other than straightening architecture)? How would this shot be different if it were taken with a standard lens at 17mm?


I don't remember my setup exactly, but I believe I was either tilted or shifted down slightly. You should take a couple minutes to read about tilt shift and landscape photography, it's a really great tool! Also, even if I'm not using the tilt shift tools, I still prefer to shoot with the 17 TS-E as I find it to be quite sharp.



Mar 23, 2016 at 05:53 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Yes, this is effective use of the TS-E for dramatic and sharp view of the ground pattern from near-to-far distance.

I too find the 17mm TS-E a standout lens - nothing really touches the clarity it produces excluding perhaps Loxia 21mm or somesuch Elite-WA with A7r(2).



Mar 24, 2016 at 11:44 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Well seen Andrew and a wonderful image. Love all the wonderful details and the subtle highlights on the mud.


Mar 25, 2016 at 12:17 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Cracked Basin - Death Valley


Im a sucker for these and this rocks. Love that fg. Looks like a bit of blown out sky left side which hopefully you can pull back a bit but yea...awesome shot.

aF



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