My first day in Death Valley gave me time to scout locations for that day’s sunset as well as the next day’s sunrise. The day ended with an excellent shot from the Salt Flats and I was eager to start my next day’s adventure. I woke at 2am and headed back to the salt flats. I wanted to get what I call my “night bearings”. It’s all well to plan things out in the day time but things can look quite differently at night. After playing around with some different exposures for awhile, I headed off to another location. This was to be my highlight shot of the trip. I had pre-visualized this and knew when I wanted to shoot and from where. When I arrived however, my jaw dropped. Right next to my planned shot was a much better opportunity. I had missed the optimal time frame for it so I filed the information away intending to come back the next night at the right time.
After taking a few test shots and making plans for the next night, I headed off to my sunrise location. Much to my dismay, I didn’t find what I was looking for. I had scouted the area early in the afternoon the previous day and since then, much of the water had evaporated and with it, so had my shot. Without another plan, I hiked around the area I had scouted and came up with a few descent shots that I liked ok. Except for the mosquitos and biting flies, I very much enjoyed the morning hiking around and taking a few pictures here and there while listening to the coyotes howl. It had been a quite unexpected morning, but a very enjoyable one. Here are some of the shots from that morning, along with some more night shots. Click on the image to view larger and Enjoy!