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New Year's Day 2011 starts off right with an amazing display of color over the Badwater salt flats in Death Valley National Park. Recent rains flooded the valley creating the temporary Lake Manly.

Well, I'm off to Death Valley for about, oh, a few days, and I just had to post and run before I hit the road! Full workshop and a private afterwards followed by some personal time in the field. Gonna be fun!

I hope everyone is doing well and thank you for the continued support!

Nikon D300
Nikkor 12-24mm @12mm
1.3 sec, f14, ISO 100
Singh-Ray 3-stop reverse GND filter

Tags:   Badwater basin California clouds colorful Death Valley National Park Inyo County lake Lake Manley landscape morning mountains Nature patterns reflections salt Salt Pan scenic sunrise travel valley water winter vertical Furnace Creek USA Jim Patterson Photography Sea to Summit Workshops seatosummitworkshops.com jimpattersonphotography.com

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I've been MIA for the last month on flickr (but not over at my FB page and 500px). Part of the reason is my D300 is off getting fixed due to a scratch on the low pass filter. In the meantime, I picked up a D7000 to tide me over. As my computer is about 4.5 years old, the larger file sizes were actually a problem, so editing any new images has been painful due to the time and the lack of RAM.

The good news is I have been still out photographing the beautiful spring. The yellow bush lupine up in Pescadero, the grassy hills of Russian Ridge, and a quick trip to Yosemite have kept me busy the past month. I've been dabbling in time lapse photography as well and hope to share some of those one day when i figure it all out and get my new computer up and learn a bit about Adobe Premier and After Effects. In fact, if anyone is well versed in these, lives in the bay area, and wants to maybe trade some Photoshop tutorials for video editing sessions, let me know!

As for the image, this is another one from the glorious New Year's Day sunrise in Death Valley's Badwater basin salt flats. Before I found the cool formation in my 1st post from this morning, I was scrambling to find a good foreground where I could eliminate a photographer who chose to walk out in front of everyone else (bad etiquette on the salt flats, especially when they were the last person to show up). Grr.

The Sea to Summit Workshops Death Valley outing in November is already half full, so that is exciting news as well. If Josh and I fill this one, we may add another for February.

Teaching a coastal Big Sur outing tomorrow and then I think I may scout a few new locations I have my eye on. Anyone got exciting weekend plans? Leave them in the comments!

Nikon D300
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm
2 sec, f14, ISO 100
Singh-Ray Daryl Benson 3-stop reverse GND filter

Tags:   Badwater basin California clouds colorful Death Valley desert Inyo County lake Lake Manley landscape morning mountains National Park Nature patterns reflections salt Salt Pan scenic sunrise travel valley vertical water winter Furnace Creek USA Jim Patterson Photography jimpattersonphotography.com Sea to Summit Workshops seatosummitworkshops.com Death Valley Workshop

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One year ago today, Joshua Cripps and I ran up and down the coast looking for some nice light. We were attacked by the evil sea foam and blown from Pescadero back down to Davenport by the wind. The sea was angry, but the sky was singing. Although the composition is similar to last year's shot, the light was just starting to explode as the sun dipped below the clouds.

I post so much of the technical side of my images, I figure it might be just as important (if not more so) to explain a little of the thought process behind making the image, specifically from a composition standpoint.

First, I used this rocky ledge as my lead-in, trying my best to have the line form an angle and sweep from one side of the frame to the other. Any time you can break up the rectangular format of our cameras with angles and lines, give it a try. I also lowered my camera from eye level down to about 3' off the ground. This helps emphasize the foreground and reduce the middle ground. If possible, I look for textures and patterns to really help bring the viewer into the image, to give them something tangible to lock into and feel like they are there.standing with me. These textures are great for catching light when the conditions are ideal. I really like including the sun in my images if possible. The idea of the sun 93 million miles away reflecting light at my feet is something I love to photograph. Finally, when the ocean is really turbulent, I tend to use faster shutter speeds to maintain some level of detail in the surf. The 1/2 sec - 1/4 sec shutter speed is often just too slow and the ocean becomes a milky mess. This image, even at 1/10 of a second is a bit too chaotic for my taste.

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Nikon D300
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm
1/10 sec, F14, ISO 100 (2nd exposure at 1/20 sec brought in for the sun)
Singh-Ray Daryl Benson 3-stop reverse GND

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Rumor has it a certain photographer heading to Death Valley in February is worried there won't be any good light left because Kendra and I used it all up. He has even gone as far as threatening us with camera arson with we post more nice photos from Death Valley. The authorities have been notified and the names have been kept secret to protect the guilty.

This is the last sunset of 2010 as seen from Badwater Basin. I was standing in about 2-3cm of water for this image. Although it was a a great way to channel the last drop of good light out of Death Valley's 2010 reserve, though I felt the sunrise the next morning was better as the light reserve for 2011 had been replenished.

Nikon D300
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 13mm
0.3sec, f11, ISO 200
Singh-Ray 3-stop reverse GND filter

Tags:   Badwater basin California Death Valley National Park Inyo County Lake Manley landscape light mountains Nature patterns reflections salt Salt Pan scenic travel valley winter Furnace Creek USA Jim Patterson Photography Sea to Summit Workshops seatosummitworkshops.com jimpattersonphotography.com

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In about 3.5 weeks, I will be heading to the Eastern Sierras and Death Valley for some personal photography. While there, Josh and I will be teaching a group workshop in Death Valley (1 spot left for anyone interested!).

After the teaching is done, I hope to do some more exploring in the area. Death Valley is a huge park and is so spread out, one can visit over and over again and see different locations each time. Fall in the mountains and desert will be so nice. Anyone got any travel plans coming up they're excited about?

This image was made after sunrise on New Year's Day 2010. The clouds had mostly left, but the light on the distant mountains caught my eye. I got low to the ground to emphasize this little pattern in the salt flats.

Nikon D300
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 15mm
1.6 sec, f16, ISO 100
Polarizer, Singh-Ray 3 stop reverse GND filter

Tags:   desert landscape monochrome Death Valley National Park salt flats salt pan mountains textures patterns salt basin badwater morning sunrise black and white nature outdoors natural Furnace Creek California USA Jim Patterson Photography jimpattersonphotography.com Sea to Summit Workshops seatosummitworkshops.com


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