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Old Mar 14, 2014, 2:27 PM   #1
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This picture is a picture of extremes - both water (frozen vs. unfrozen) and elevation (below sea level and mountain heights). Taken January, 2011 when there was water in what had once been Lake Manley. The picture was taken near Badwater, elevation 282 feet below sea level. The mountain in the picture is part of the Panamint Range, who's highest peak is Telescope Peak, elevation 11,049 feet above sea level (don't know the elevation of the peak in the picture, not sure which peak it is), the exremes of Death Valley.

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It took several views of this shot before I realized that the bottom half is a reflection. The water must have been glass smooth to get that kind of shot. Excellent work.

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Oh, that's lovely.
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Wow, what a very cool shot! When I first scrolled through the shot, I didn't realize, either, that this had a reflection, too.
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Wonderful shot, mtngal. The piece of debris in the water made me think there was an airplane flying around.
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It took several views of this shot before I realized that the bottom half is a reflection. The water must have been glass smooth to get that kind of shot. Excellent work.

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Thank you all for the compliments!

The water was indeed very still. It was also not very deep, as you can see from the salt deposits sticking up in the reflection, which I think also helps keep it still. I'm really not sure how much water there is in the winter - I think many years the main lake area is dry.

We had actually arrived at this spot a bit too late to get the shot I really wanted. It happened that there was a full moon, and I had no idea how far it was to talk out to the water's edge before the moon set (wasn't sure what I'd find, hadn't been there before). I did manage to get this one, reflected in a puddle:



I was not the only photographer out there this day. The others were already set up when I was still walking over. So while they were shooting off of tripods, I was hand-holding (no time to stop and get my tripod out without missing the best of the light). I was pleased with my results, in spite of all I did wrong through no proper advance planning.

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Wow... I need to visit that place
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