When A Death Valley Landscape Photography Shoot Goes Bad
Yesterday I posted some of my favorite photos from my Death Valley trip. First off, thanks so much for the nice comments. Well, today, once again figuring why should I end it on a high note, I thought I’d follow it up with some of the not-so-good photos from the trip. As I think you’ll see, so much of landscape and outdoor photography is just about being there at the right time and place with the right weather. You can be in a really beautiful place and, if the conditions don’t cooperate, take some really bad photos. Heck, as you’ll see here… you can be in a really beautiful place, with really great weather, and still take some bad photos
For some reason, photographers are always drawn to roads. Roads that lead somewhere interesting. That road my friends, is not this one. This road (the way I captured it at least), is not only uninteresting in itself, but leads into the most blah looking sky you can imagine. Yet I felt the need it should be captured.
When shooting outdoors and the light gets bad and the shadows get harsh, you should stop shooting. Apparently I didn’t and felt the need to continue to take photos of the same thing that I took perfectly nice photos of earlier.
The key shot at the Racetrack in Death Valley is supposed to include the tracks the rocks leave behind. It’s what helps pull people into the frame as they see the rock and the usually nice pattern it leaves behind. I decided to go against the grain and say “screw it”, I’m just shooting a rock. Nothing says “Big deal, it’s a freakin’ rock” like this photo.
See those almost-pink clouds in the sky here. Well, 2 minutes before this they were lit up like you wouldn’t believe, and some of the most colorful clouds you’ve ever seen. You know where I was though? Shooting the stupid rock you see in the previous photo.
I must have done something to tick off Air traffic control at some point. It seems they knew I was out trying to get some star photos. I’m even told there was a flight from New York to Miami that they rerouted over Death Valley for me. Not 1. Not 2. Not 3. But 4 planes to clone out. Really?! (there’s actually more if you look close)
It’s all about leading lines baby!!! You’ve gotta love the way that nice S curve on the right leads you up to the trampled sand at the top. That along with the tripod hole in the bottom right and my hand on the far left make this a photo that you can look at many times and continue to see all new mistakes each time.
I call this photo “Holy crap! I’m really tired from walking up dunes, and I know my camera is being triggered by my cable release which is in my pocket, but I’m too tired from walking up and down these dunes to do anything about it.”
Thanks for stopping by. If you haven’t seen yesterday’s post yet, please at least check it out so you know I don’t totally suck as a photographer