Death Valley

Sunrise on the Movie Road in the Alabama Hills

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On the Eastside of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lone Pine, California there is a scene that was used so often in movie Westerns that it was renamed,  “The Movie Road.”  While waiting for the sun to rise, I made a 7-panel panorama with a Canon 5D MII.  To place the areas of interest in the sweet spot of the 24-105mm Zoom lens, a 40mm setting was used and the camera was mounted vertically and each image overlapped approximately 30%.  The resulting merged file is almost 1 GB in size.  Size and resolution limits of the Website prevent appreciating the subtlety and grace of this image.

Each exposure was 3 sec at f10 at ISO 100.  To achieve the maximum possible uniformity between images, all automatic functions such as focus, exposure and lens stabilization were turned off.

Serpent’s Tooth, First Light, Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, CA

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In 1993, I drove to Zabriskie Point to watch the sun rise paint the famous Serpent’s Tooth feature from Zabriskie Point and what a spectacle it was!  RB-67 50mm Lens Ektachrome 64 1/30 sec f22

Night Train out of Kelso, California

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A Union Pacific freight train against the setting sun near Kelso, California in the Anza-Borrego Desert.  Nikon F2Asb 1993

Zabriskie Point 1976, Death Valley

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One of the famous landmarks in Death Valley is the view from Zabriskie Point particularly at sunrise.  When photographing there in 1976, I walked away from the crowd of photographers and found myself down in the wash itself.  As I prepared to make an image, I was aware of the sound of  my heart.  It was so still that my ears kept cranking up their sensitivity until they found my heartbeat.  I have had similar unsettling experiences but only in special anechoic chambers.

Mamiya RB67 6x7cm Roll Film Camera, 90mm Fixed Focal Length Lens, Exposure 1/250 at f11 VPL Rated ASA 160, no filter

Zabriskie Point 1992, Death Valley

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Returning to Death Valley in 1992, I made another sunrise image from Zabriskie Point near the time of sunrise.

Mamiya RB67 6x7cm Roll Film Camera, 90mm Fixed Focal Length Lens, Exposure 1/125 at f11 VPL Rated ASA 160, no filter

Sunrise, Eastern Sierras

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This image is the center panel of the previous 7-image panorama.

On the Eastside of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lone Pine, California there is a scene that was used so often in movie Westerns that it was renamed,  “The Movie Road.”

Canon 5D MKII 3 sec at f10 at ISO 100.  To achieve the maximum possible uniformity between images in the previous panorama, all automatic functions such as focus, exposure and lens stabilization were turned off.

Minerals and Lichens, Eastern Sierra Nevadas

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I came upon this scene in the late afternoon in the Alabama Hills in the high desert near Lone Pine, California.  Canon 5D MKII 50 mm setting on 24-105 mm Zoom Lens  1/125 sec at f8.0  ISO 400 No Filter