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Mesquite Flats Dunes, Death Valley

March 29th, 2011

For five years now I’ve been trying to photograph the Mesquite Flats Dunes in Death Valley – without success.  There are so many great dune photographs. They are inspiring, sensuous, soft.  But I just couldn’t see them that way.

About three years ago I noticed the ragged peaks to the east of the dunes and thought it would make a nice contrast to the soft curves of the sand.  But I couldn’t make that work either. 

And it looked like I was going to get skunked again this year.  I took the workshop gang out there for sunrise and we did star bursts and texture photographs and the like.  But I wasn’t excited about anything I got.

Then I stayed around for another day of shooting after the workshop was over and went back out to the dunes for one more sunrise.  I tried a different location, not far from where we had shot just a couple of days before.  And there it was, the shot I had been looking for.


It’s not soft and sensuous.  Instead it’s very strong.  The dunes mirror the craggy peaks behind them.  They are clearly the descendants of the mountains that slowly erode and provide the grains of sand that are rounded up by the dry desert winds and deposited in Mesquite Flats.  There’s a kinship here – and a family resemblance. 

I finally got my dune photograph.

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It’s Raining in Death Valley!

December 19th, 2010

We have a great storm passing through California and it’s raining in Death Valley.  Why would I care?  Because rain in Death Valley now makes for a fantastic photography workshop in February.  So far we’ve been having a wet winter in California.  That bodes well for more precipitation in Death Valley.  And winter precipitation in the Valley bodes well for some pretty fantastic conditions.  The  past two years we’ve had major flooding in the playas which means very unusual reflection shots in the hottest, driest place in North America.


Why not join us.  The workshop is February 12-15, 2011.  Click here for more information on the Death Valley Photography Workshop.

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Photographing Death Valley

November 29th, 2010

Every year I lead a photography workshop in Death Valley.  We offer personalized instruction and photograph some of the many exciting locations there.  Click here for more information.

death_valley_reflections_2009Now, the only time you want to be in Death Valley is late fall through early spring.  Otherwise it’s just too darn hot.  Personally, I like February.  It’s kind of a quite time and we’ve had some mighty good luck the last couple of years with major rainfall in the weeks leading up to the workshop.  What this has meant for us is some of the playas were flooded.  When that happens you have lakes six inched deep that spread for miles in every direction.  It doesn’t take a lot of rain to flood the playas either.  Generally an inch will do.

There are some locations in Death Valley that I really love and I’d like to share them with you.

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Genuine Fractals Impressions #3

May 19th, 2008

I finally had a chance to perform a test with Genuine Fractals that’s been on my mind for some time.  This test was performed on an image from a Canon 10D with a 6 M pixel sensor.  The image was blown up to 24″ long at 180 ppi.

Now, there’s no way you can get a super sharp image of that size with a 6 M pixel sensor.  So that wasn’t the point of the test.  When I previously blew this image up there were a lot of artifacts that were enhanced, especially when I performed the output sharpening.  I spent about an hour with clone stamp and healing brush removing these artifacts one by one.

So the point of the test was to see how well the smooth areas were enlarged; that is, if GF could enlarge them without creating these artifacts.

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