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A view of the tallest point in the lower 48 states (Mount Whitney) as seen from Alabama Hills. My only regret with this location is that I didn’t get better light when I was here. On the other hand, I am glad that I got to spent a few hours exploring this area. I found it to basically be Joshua Tree National Park minus the trees but with an epic mountain backdrop instead. I’ll be back again one day to get the shot I truly wanted. . . . . . . #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #westbysouthwest #visitcalifornia #compositionkillerz #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #desert #americanwest #landscapephotography #roamtheplanet #californiaphotographer #ourplanetdaily #earthpix #travelphotography #lonepine #mountwhitney #scenicdrive #wildwest #epicview #roadtripusa #alabamahills

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Let's talk about editing and transparency. Editing is a necessary part in completing the look of an image. I try to be very transparent with my work and what was done to a shot. Editing lets me shape the contrast, colors, and overall feel of the image to match not only what I saw with my own eyes but also what I felt in the moment. Certain edits can convey different feelings or moods, or physically enhance things that the human eye simply can't see (ex: astro). Regarding transparency; I've been seeing quite a bit of dishonesty on IG. Recently I saw a few Death Valley images that were done very well but were clearly heavily manipulated, while trying to be passed off as real (I saw and shot the same exact spot). IMO, one should be free to edit their images as little or as much as they please. However my issue was with the dishonesty of the presentation. In one post an artist continually side-stepped discussing the editing whenever a comment was made about how colorful the shot looked and if it actually looks that way in-person. When asked about it they continually refused to acknowledge that the scene in person doesn’t even look close to the posted image. Some folks are going to be in for a rude awakening when they show up to the same exact popular spot and see that it doesn’t look anything like the image online.🤷🏻‍♂️ Just be honest and be proud of your hard work! That being said, here is my (edited) photo of Artist's Palette. The hills do actually appear colorful to the naked eye, but my DSLR was able to squeeze out a lot of the detail and color pop in editing. I tried to keep things "true" while still adding my personality to the image. Note that different light, weather, and your editing can significantly change the look of this spot. . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #california_igers #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #westbysouthwest #californiaphotographer #artistspalette #geologyrocks #geology #desertlandscape #ipulledoverforthis #roadtripusa #colorfully #madewithmefoto

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The very first spot I visited in Death Valley was the epic 5,500ft high Dante’s View. At the time I had a total lack of sleep and was fueled only by caffeine. I fruitlessly attempted to shoot sunset there with mediocre results. Halfway through my trip I returned for another chance to shoot here and was pleasantly greeted with a rainbow and beautifully lit Badwater Basin floor. What I love most about this view is just how little it makes you feel in this enormously giant park. You can barely make out the lone highway road hugging the bottom part of the image. That giant white splash is the Badwater salt flats from afar. Here from the top you could barely notice a black dot on the flats; this turned out to be a group of four people walking once I zoomed in with my telephoto! Combine the crazy scale with the beautiful colors in the scene, and you have yourself one of many unforgettable Death Valley views. . . . . . . #badwaterbasin #badwater #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #california_igers #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #californiaphotographer #nationalparklife #thisisamerica #sunrise_sunset_photogroup #moodyphotography #photographerfocus #mountaintop #dantesview #mountaintops #westbysouthwest #rainbow #rainshower #saltflats

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Waking up on this cold morning and seeing the first light of the day slowly paint the sand dunes was truly one of the most peaceful and beautiful moments of recent memory. It’s no wonder I keep working on so many sand dune photos in my Lightroom queue! This spot brought out true feelings of freedom and inner peace. The places that elicit such a reaction in me are places I cherish the most. . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #california_igers #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #westbysouthwest #californiaphotographer #sanddunes #nationalparklife #dunes #thisisamerica #sunrise_sunset_photogroup #sunrise_pics #moodyphotography #photographerfocus #leadinglines

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The Mesquite Flats Sand dunes may have been the coolest part of my Death Valley trip. My previous experiences with sand mostly included Burlington’s North Beach...which should tell you about how disappointing and sad that fact is, and how happy I was to vastly upgrade my experience. Thankfully, these 100-ft fall sand dunes offered tons of exploration and photo opportunities. Each storm resets the dune shapes and footprints so that nearly every visit is a new and unique adventure. the fact that there’s no designated hiking trail is kinda cool to me too. PS: don’t miss the photographer on the top of that dune for a size reference! . . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #california_igers #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #southbysouthwest #californiaphotographer #sanddunes #nationalparklife #dunes #thisisamerica #sunrise_sunset_photogroup #sunrise_pics #moodyphotography #photographerfocus #leadinglines

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I spent at least three days of my trip searching for the exact locations of the fabled Death Valley mud cracks. Despite some solid sources, I was unable to access some high-clearance areas which may have led me to my goal. Not wanting to leave defeated I decided to go with the much easier to find clay cracks shown here. I ain’t mad...I better find those mud cracks next time though! . . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #california_igers #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #ultrawide #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #americanwest #californiaphotographer #sanddunes #claylove #nationalparklife

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When the weather report completely lies to you and your overcast day is actually 99% clear skies...you improvise. A clear sky in mid-day is the bane of any photographer’s existence. My creative problem-solving at these kind of times is truly tested. All things considered, I’m pretty happy with how this image came out. . . . . . . . #national_park_photography #adventurefreaks #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #artofvisuals #visitcalifornia #compositionkillerz #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #desert #americanwest #landscapephotography #roamtheplanet #californiaphotographer #ourplanetdaily #westbysouthwest #landscape_lovers #travelphotography #lonepine #mountwhitney #mobius #arch #naturalarch

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Due to the waxing super-moon my astrophotography and star trail plans fell apart a little bit. This didn't stop me from spending a night shooting moon-lit Death Valley scenes like this old mining cart from the 1880's. As a nice little bonus, I’ve captured our neighboring Andromeda Galaxy spiral to the left of the Milky Way tail. . . . . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #adventurefreaks #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #milkywayphotography #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #compositionkillerz #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #desert #americanwest #landscapephotography #roamtheplanet #californiaphotographer #ourplanetdaily #astrophotography #landscape_lovers #travelphotography #astroworld #andromeda

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This scenic drive through Alabama Hills is a part of Movie Road. Tons of movie scenes were filmed here; including the intro to Django Unchained (one of my favorite Tarantino films), Iron Man, Gladiator, and several other sci-fi movies and westerns. The light wasn't completely cooperative, but that didn't stop me from getting this symmetrical shot with the Sierra Nevada range in the back. . . . . . . . #adventurefreaks #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #artofvisuals #visitcalifornia #compositionkillerz #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #desert #americanwest #landscapephotography #roamtheplanet #californiaphotographer #ourplanetdaily #earthpix #landscape_lovers #travelphotography #lonepine #mountwhitney #scenicdrive #wildwest #epicview

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One of my first images from my Death Valley trip features a sunrise shot of the incredibly photogenic Zabriskie Point. Seeing the sunrise slowly paint the Panamint Range pink as the scene got brighter and more golden was a pretty inspiring start to the day. . . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #adventurefreaks #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #artofvisuals #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #compositionkillerz #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #desert #americanwest #landscapephotography #roamtheplanet #californiaphotographer #ourplanetdaily #earthpix #landscape_lovers #travelphotography #zabriskiepoint #sunrise_sunset_photogroup

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My first trip to the lowest point in North America (-282ft) was an action-packed one. Finally seeing the hexagonal salt shapes up close in rushing winds was quite a treat. Unfortunately, my ND filter mount also got to see the salt flats up close thanks to a big gust of wind that slammed my camera, lens, and filter mount onto the hard and solid salt ground. My filter mount broke in two places. Thankfully, the lens and camera survived with negligible cosmetic damage. Miraculously, the filter mount was still able to keep itself attached to my lens. However, I’ll likely have to order a replacement since the filter now attaches at a slightly funny angle. Regardless, I was able to get this photo as a consolation prize for my first ever dropping of photo equipment. It was bound to happen eventually! . . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #adventurefreaks #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #saltflats #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #compositionkillerz #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #americanwest #landscapephotography #westbysouthwest #californiaphotographer #ourplanetdaily #earthpix #landscape_lovers #travelphotography #badwaterbasin #badwater

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I’m back from my Death Valley adventure! It was great to explore my 8th US National Park and to work on my landscape photography again. Death Valley is the largest NP in the lower 48 (one of Alaska’s parks holds the overall “biggest“ title). After my week spent here, DV it’s now definitely up there among my absolute favorite parks so far. The insane vastness of this place and the sheer size of everything left me speechless at times. One of my favorite spots in DV were the sand dunes. Thanks to a high wind weather advisory in the park the day before, this morning presented us with pristine dunes that were free of any footprints. The resulting mood of the landscape felt like we were discovering something new and completely untouched. I typically don’t include people in my images, but I’m thankful that this hiking couple showed up. Death Valley and its landmarks are all so unbelievably large and vast that it helps to have some sense of scale when possible, which these people helped provide. . . . . . . . #nationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #national_park_photography #adventurefreaks #withmytamron #nationalparkgeek #outside_project #yourshotphotographer #igsouthwest #artofvisuals #visitcalifornia #deathvalley #deathvalleynps #compositionkillerz #natgeoyourshot #usinterior #desert #americanwest #landscapephotography #roamtheplanet #californiaphotographer #ourplanetdaily #earthpix #landscape_lovers #travelphotography #sanddunes

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