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Old 05-14-2010, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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photos Death Valley

Got up at 2AM this morning and drove to Death Valley for the sunrise.










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Old 05-14-2010, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beautiful... especially the last one with the rippled dune crest.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks GreyWolf. One more...

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Old 05-15-2010, 12:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Those are absolutely spectacular! I love your work fnaqzna
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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amazing composition and saturation.... i thought the bloom season was over? i was going to go a few weekends ago but my understanding was that the season was ending! also how's the heat right now?
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Those are absolutely spectacular! I love your work fnaqzna
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amazing composition and saturation.... i thought the bloom season was over? i was going to go a few weekends ago but my understanding was that the season was ending! also how's the heat right now?
Thank you. At 5AM, I was in a t-shirt. Probably gets pretty hot in the afternoon. I wouldn't wait much longer.

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Old 05-17-2010, 02:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I wouldn't be able to drive out there until next next weekend. It'll probably be too late to see any of the wildflowers.
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
has all her shots.
 
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good lord, man...stunning.

I especially love the 4th one in.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Is there a particular setting you use to capture night-time photos and render them looking as clear as day, sandman/fnaqza, or is this a post-editing (read as: photoshop) feature? I have just come to notice your statements about how some of your images are exquisitely-detailed star/sun-scapes, but then you tell me you took it at 2am/2pm, so it kind of equates to "mind=blown" for me, in that you can filter out these luminescent eye-deal-absorbing colors with absolutely no light at all, (or too much, depending) but what comes affixed to your camera.
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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At night, there's no secret. It's just a long exposure using a tripod. These in this thread were taken in the morning at sunrise. It's a two hour drive to get to Death Valley, so we were up a 2AM, out the door, and on the way.

Most DSLRs (that I know of) won't do more than a thirty-second exposure without another timing device. With film, we just used a cable-trigger that could lock down in bulb and timed manually. I use a Nikon MC-36 trigger for the D300.

Oh... and I post-process everything. Usually adjust exposure, curves, levels, pop the color a bit, etc.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yeah, I noticed about 5 seconds after I submitted my post that you said you "drove" there around 2 a.m. to capture these photos at sunrise. Still, though, I do recall one or two other instances about how you mentioned the "converting nighttime shots to look as though they were caught with extraordinary brilliance"-type images, and in a way that is true, but at the time, I just assumed it was the sun that provided you with that.

Thanks for the explanation, fnaqzna; I don't know when it happened, but I have just fallen in love and seek out every form of true "context" & reason there is, just to understand it a bit better.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:06 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Stunning.
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