Earth Cracks, Coyote Tracks, and a Pending Storm



I was trying to find what I've heard called "salt pans" out in Badwater Basin in Death Valley, where walls of salt are built up between the shape...
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I was trying to find what I've heard called "salt pans" out in Badwater Basin in Death Valley, where walls of salt are built up between the shapes. I didn't find those. They told me the area recently flooded, which wipes out the salt formations so they can start over. As mushy as the walking was, I believe it. This was at least a couple of miles from where I parked, and it was very slow walking in the mud.
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18ricco
 
18ricco February 21, 2016
great shot like in the middle of no where!!!! nice grab!!!!!!
santoshpatanaik
 
santoshpatanaik July 19, 2016
Superb !
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edandaniphone July 20, 2016
Awesome image.
philmunyard
 
philmunyard July 20, 2016
I love the lines in this Photo. It really shows the vastness of the desert
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johnmdavies October 14, 2016
like this
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Pjerry November 20, 2016
Outstanding, voted sweeping landscapes.
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p_eileenbaltz March 09, 2017
Voted in 'composing with patterns' contest.
wendyzan
 
wendyzan March 29, 2017
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
beeoxierrod
 
beeoxierrod April 04, 2017
EXCEPTIONAL! GREAT DETAIL, COLOR = WOW!
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TLien April 04, 2017
Thank you for the kind words.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Death Valley, near the lowest point in North America.
Time
It was late in the afternoon. I had walked a few miles out onto these salt flats and was a little concerned about how hard it might be to find my truck if I didn't make it back before it got dark.
Lighting
It was getting dark quickly as evening approached and a storm looked like it wanted to come in from the west. I liked the look of the storm approaching.
Equipment
I used my Sony A99 camera and I think a 16-50 mm zoom lense.
Inspiration
I was looking for the shots I had seen in other photos that I've since concluded are of this area when it is more dry. This area had recently flooded according to one park employee, and it smoothed out the salt and made the ground quite mushy. I didn't find what I went for, but the coyote tracks caught my eye. This was miles from any edge of the flats and I wondered why a coyote would even come this way. My attempt here was to capture the vastness of the flats.
Editing
I usually do some minor tweaking in Lightroom to make it look like I remember it. I did that here. I since tried one where I lightened up the salt a little more, but I think I prefer darker to let the approaching storm look more ominous, like it appeared to me at the time.
In my camera bag
Here I had a longer lense in case I saw wildlife, a few filters, a backup camera, extra batteries, and a tripod.
Feedback
I think my best advice is get out a lot and carry your camera. I was looking for something else when I came across this. Careful planning is great, but sometimes luck and/or good fortune work better for me.

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