This LightChase tour, in August 2012, covered an amazing variety of locations, none of which I had visited before, including Death Valley NP, Alabama Hills, Buttermilk Rocks, Mono Lake, Bodie, and a Joshua Tree forest in the California Desert Protection Area.
Having gathered at the airport in Las Vegas, we arrived in Death Valley late in the day. Our intended destination was too far, and the sun was setting, so we pulled off and shot the sunset in roadside badlands. The car thermometer showed 119 degrees and the wind was blowing.
Eastern Sierra Cloud Banner; Honorable Mention; B&W prints; N4C May 2012
House on the Corner, Bodie State Historic Park. (2nd, B&W Print, N4C Oct 2012; 3rd, B&W Prints, Best of N4C 2012; exhibited at the Iowa State Fair 2013)
This is an eight-exposure vertical panorama, taken through about 220 degrees from left to right. The panorama makes the scene look flatter than it was; in reality, the tufa are in an arc and with the ones behind me (not shown) comprise a rough circle. D'An dubbed the place Harry Potter's Chamber.
An ancient Bristlecone Pine.
A storm blew across the valley floor at Badwater Basin, 282 feet below sea level. When it does rain, water evaporates rapidly, leaving salt deposits that form into these weird ribs in honeycomb shapes.
A three-exposure panorama.
North to Bishop and sunrise at Lake Sabrina
Bodie State Historic Park. Bodie was a booming mining town of 10,000 people at its height.
Another 8-image panorama, this one standing a little nearer the water and a little closer to the nearby tufa.
Death Valley gave us many unexpected sights, including this double rainbow.
At Badwater Basin, from the left: myself, Darren Stratemeier, Jennifer House, Jerry Nagele, Mark Rasmussen, and D'An Holmes.
From the left: D'An Holmes, myself, Darren Stratemeier, Jerry Negele, Jennifer House, Mark Rasussen, and Alvin Riesbeck, at Lake Sabrina after the sunrise color has faded from the clouds.
Purple Mountain Surise at Mono Lake (3rd Color Print, N4C Feb 2013). In 2013, my photo essay, Water (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gubVH2BCqiA) won first place in the annual photo essay competition. This photo is one of the images in the photo essay.
Later that morning, we hiked to Mobius Arch, here framing Mt Lone Pine.
Balanced Rocks in the Buttermilks.
When the gold ran out, people leaving the town left most everything behind. There were tolls on the only road out, and it charged by the item, so people couldn't afford to take their belongings.
We photographed at Mono Lake for parts of three days; seven separate shoots in all: one afternoon, two sunsets, two starshoots, and two sunrises. I needed all those opportunities to figure out how I could best photograph the amazing tufa structures. (Merit, Travel Print, N4C Nov 2012)