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Old Jan 28, 2011, 10:26 PM   #21
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Nice, Harriet-

The last photo is my favorite.

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Old Jan 28, 2011, 11:04 PM   #22
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Nice shots, I would love to get to shoot somewhere like this.

The last one is my fave.
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Old Jan 28, 2011, 11:07 PM   #23
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I have to agree the last one is a winner
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I probably had the camera set to TAv (though I'm not positive, it's the f8 that makes me think that). The f8 because I had been using that a fair amount just before I took this picture. I don't remember if I had really thought about dof, other than to avoid f2.8 - f4 under these conditions. I was shooting through the windshield of a Jeep Wrangler (not a smooth passenger car) moving at close to 50 mph and the sun was behind the mountain already, so fairly low light. I hadn't planned on taking any more pictures, but saw the blowing sand, grabbed the camera, thought enough to change to TAv so I could keep the shutter speed fast enough not to have motion blur from any bumps in the road, movement of the car or my own inability to hold the camera steady at 135mm focal length. I figured that 1/250 was the slowest I could get away with under the conditions, if I had thought it through more I would have chosen 1/500. The camera was the one that chose ISO 500.

Thanks, Sarah. I am really happy with the last one - it's the best picture I've taken in quite a while.
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Old Jan 29, 2011, 6:12 AM   #25
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I really like the series and particularly #1. The road drops into a sea of desert and the mountains give the whole scene dimensionality. Having grown up in California, it evokes the contrasts one can witness around the state, too.
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@mtngal: Thanks for your explanation.
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Just incredible shots, would love to go there myself one day!
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I think I could spend a year or more without ever leaving California and would still have interesting places to visit on my list. Like MacBook said, it's a place of great contrasts and unusual scenery (both natural and man-made). My biggest problem is that there's all sorts of places all over the world that are just the same (unusual and beautiful) and I want to visit them all!

Death Valley takes work to visit - it's not particularly near anything so you have to make a special trip there. It's not a place you can really appreciate while just driving through on your way to somewhere else. But it is well worth visiting if you spend a couple of days exploring some of the sites and reading about the history of the area.
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