Death Valley is a vast desert area of 13,600 km2. The bottom of the valley in Bad Water is 85 meters below the level of the sea. Mount Whitney rises meanwhile to 4400 meters. The elevation changes are very impressive. Death Valley holds another record: the highest recorded heat on the surface of the globe with nearly 57 degrees Celsius.
But for photographers, Death Valley is not only synonymous of records. It is primarily a special place for those who love photographing landscapes. The diversity is absolutely amazing. Mesquite Sand Dunes with its huge sand dunes, Zabriskie Point with its ocher and red colors, the Route des Artistes and incredible colors as if a mad painter had wanted to paint the mountains. Death Valley is an amazing place to take photos that cannot be done anywhere else as "the moving stones" at Race Track. This phenomenon takes place on a dry lake. An explanation seems to have been found but it is not unanimous. It seems that the stones still retain their secret for a long time.
The main difficulty to photograph Death Valley is to make some previews to be well placed when the light is good. The ideal is to have grazing in the early morning or late afternoon light. The area is so large that it takes several hours to move and place equipment properly. Death Valley requires several days to be photographed properly. But the photos are amazing.
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Landscape of Death Valley in California. Amar Guillen, Photographer.