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Death Valley: Colors and Shapes

by Bettina & Uwe Steinmueller

We live now five years in California and this was our first trip to Death Valley. We just spent 2 nights at Stovepipe Wells and got probably 50% of the yearly rain.

Death Valley is a paradise for color and B&W photographers alike. We stayed at Stovepipe Wells as the Dunes were our main subjects. All the photos were taken at the second evening as both mornings were spoiled by rain and/or sand storms.

To our surprise we used most of the time the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS and added even the 1.4x tele converter. Why? We wanted to isolate details and remove other disturbing elements. this forced us to use apertures above f/12 to get some decent depth of field.



Of course the dunes are also wonderful subjects for B&W.
We then also visited Devil's Golf Course (see our Sigma SD9 review) and the Artist's Palette.
A very different experience was Zabriskie Point and nothing had really prepared us for it's beauty.


The next day (heavy rain at night) we stopped briefly at Dante's View. Again a memorable experience: Snow on the street and the surrounding mountains and probably a relatively rare clear view into Death Valley.



Salt (the top is not(!) the sky)


We got probably more portfolio quality photos in one day than ever before. We hope to be there again in early April.

The shock coming from Death Valley to Las Vegas could not have been bigger. We should have spent more time in Death Valley and less in Vegas (next time).



All photos with Canon 1Ds and 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens

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