We just finished our Death Valley by Day and Night workshop, despite the challenges good old mother nature through at us we were able to photograph in all but one of our planned locations. With landscape photography we are always looking at the weather and looking for those moments when the light is just right. The clouds we had provided us with some great opportunities for dramatic sunrise photography but at the same time the clouds hindered our night landscape work.
But thats the life of a landscape photographer, sometimes you need to return to a place several times before you actually get the light you envisioned. I was looking forward to getting to one of my bucket list locations the race track and the moving stones. We made the 27 mile dirt road trip stopping at tea kettle junction for a few photo opportunities. Driving up from a few miles out you can see the playa and the large grandstand rock formation. From the road overlooking the valley it was everything I expected.
When we got to the south end and started to walk out to the magical moving rocks we found the ground to be way to wet and it even looked like it could have need flooded farther out. We made the decision to stop and photograph some of the smaller rocks in the area were we stopped, It wasn’t the Iconic rocks and slide marks I had hoped for but it was the racetrack. I actually spent more time that evening just taking it all in and experiencincg being there. Some times we find ourselves only seeing the world through the small view finder and the race track is one of those areas that really needs to be seen in its entirety to appreciate.
I will never forget being there on a cool, cloudy and damp Saturday night, I did take a few handheld wide angle photos because after all we did come here to take photographs.
The slide show with this post is a few of the other photographs I did take while out on the workshop. I hope you enjoy them.