Badwater Sunrise

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Tech Info:

  • Camera: NIKON D3X
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Shutter: 2.5 sec
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F/13

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This Photo's ID: 654

Awards / Publications:

  • Honorable Mention, 2010 National Center For Nature Photography Annual Contest (against approx. 640 total contest entries)
Field Notes Print Info
Map It!

All I can say is it pays to get up early – and do some scouting in advance!

The day before this was taken, I had stumbled around this area for hours – searching for just the right looking polygons. I found this area about a mile out, and marked it on my GPS.

Fast forward to the next morning and I’m hiking out over the Badwater salt flats in Death Valley – GPS in one hand, flashlight in the other. I arrive in the location and wait for sunrise. It was actually a bit chilly at first, but after a mile or so of tripping over salt mounds, I was feeling pretty warm.

So, I’m concentrating on the area to the side of this scene and I happen to look over – WOW – what a sky! I quickly reposition my tripod and grabbed this photo – one of my all time favs of Death Valley. It’s funny, had I not looked over to the side, I would have missed this altogether.

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4 Responses to Badwater Sunrise

  1. Deborah Flowers says:

    Really gorgeous. So lovin these colours.

  2. Dee says:

    Beautiful composition…really like how the basic hues transfer from one section to another, creating an entirely new sense of texture.

  3. MarkJ says:

    So are you saying these polygons are formed by mounds of salt?

    • Steve says:

      Sort of. The area floods from time to time and dissolves the salt back into the water. My understanding is that, as it dries, these mounds form. They come in all shapes and sizes, depending on how the underlying basin shifts and dries.

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