Doug Beezley Photography | Death Valley National Park - February 2017

I did something I normally don't do. I went to Death Valley to photograph it because I didn't want to go there. Makes perfect sense, right? Let me explain.

I've never been interested in photographing Death Valley because it just didn't seem to have anything I considered photographically interesting or even just plain interesting. I had always viewed it in almost monochromatic terms with only a few geological facts of interest (lowest spot in North America, hottest recorded temperature, etc). I saw it as utterly charmless and mostly boring. Talk about WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!! I could have easily stretched my five day stay into fifteen.

So, why go there when I didn't want to go? I have a very strong interest in wanting to improve my photographic skills and reasoned that if I could go to a place like Death Valley that held no interest for me and actually focus on improving my skills, I could become a better photographer. And, that's just what I did - total focus on skill improvement including composition, exposure, and focus.

So, I passed my thought process along to a friend, David Kingham, who runs select workshops and he committed to helping me improve my photographic and post-processing skills.

I worked diligently each day to improving my skills with ongoing feedback (and correction) from David and I think I might have made some progress. In my case progress is/was measured in the level of satisfaction with the process and with the images, themselves.

Bottom line: I think I am on the road to improving my skills; I came away truly in awe of Death Valley not only as a geological location but also as a really great photographic location. Big thanks to David Kingham and Jennifer Renwick for their help in this and also improving my post-processing skills. But, finally, you be the judge.
The Salt Flats - Badwater Basin
Badwater Basin
Sunset on the Flats
Beautiful Badwater
Long Exposure
Day's End on the Salt Flats
Mesquite Flat Dunes Sunrise
Nomadic Metaphor
Star Wars!
Ripples in the Sand
Surreal Sunrise
Sunrise on Mesquite Flat Dunes
Waves
Dune Field in Black & White
Morning Warmth
Grooves and Curves
Ridge Line in Black & White
Ridge Line in Color
Life Pockets
Life Pockets in Color
Sand Trap
Mesquite Flat Dunes Panorama
Zabriskie Point Formation
Mud Cracks and Curls
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