Spring Break Death Valley Trip – Day 1
May 6, 2012
Alright, first off welcome to our little trip. Grant and I decided to head out to Death Valley for his Spring Break this year. We flew into Vegas yesterday with the idea of checking out a couple of the local hotspots just outside town (photographic hot spots, just so we’re clear) – tomorrow it’s off to Death Valley.
We woke up to clear skies – never a good sign for a landscape photographer – and decided to head over to Red Rock Canyon. Grant had never been there and since it was only minutes from the hotel, we thought it would be a cool place to spend our morning.
The temps were cool and the clear skies held the promise of some pretty boring photography. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all. However, we did play around with some video – and I tried a little time-lapse moonset with my new Nikon D4 (you’ll see it in the video below).
After watching the sunrise slide down the front of the mountains, we embarked on a ride through the park. We hiked the Calico Hills area and <surprise> Grant had a pretty good time on the rocks. One of these days I’m going to figure out a cool shot for this area…
Next it was a drive through the canyon (more of a valley really), and back to the hotel to get ready for the rest of the day and grab some of that, umm, “free” continental breakfast action.
We spent the afternoon over in Valley of Fire State Park, a pretty good hit with Grant. It’s one of my favorite locations and we hiked 3 or 4 trails as I tried to decide where to shoot that night.
After a long debate about where to shoot (the debate was in my head – Grant is pretty easy going), I decided to head over to a rock formation called the “Fire Wave”. Not only was Grant excited about checking it out, it had some pretty good potential for a photo – a fact that, unfortunately, more and more people are picking up on (makes it crowded sometimes at sunset).
When we arrived we were lucky enough to have it to ourselves and I started working it over with the lens, playing with different compositions. The traditional view wasn’t really working for me and it trailed off to a cloudless area of sky.
So I stared looking around for a new angle.
I discovered what I thought was a pretty sweet spot opposite the usual area – but there was a problem. What happens if a bunch of other people show up? I’d be right in their shots (and vice-versa) and that wouldn’t be cool. So I setup and waited. A few people showed up but turns out they kind of liked my area better too, so hey, how cool was that?
I’m actually pretty excited about today’s photo (won’t know for sure till I get back – I don’t have a computer with me this time), bit it looks good on the camera. I hope the rest of the trip is this good!
(@ Home Note – LOL – if only I knew what I was in for when I wrote that)
Here’s that day’s video with a host of antics form Grant and myself:
Here’s the photo from that day:
Tomorrow, off the Death Valley.
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