With a week off between jobs I was looking for somewhere in reach I could take landscape photos for a few days. Death Valley was the perfect option: far enough to merit a special trip, but near enough to drive. Even although it’s a desert, the variety of landscapes is astonishing. And the place is huge! That meant a lot of planning to see everything I wanted under the right conditions, but it was really worth it.
I visited Death Valley a few years ago, and to be honest I shot many of the same landscapes. But that was intentional because this was an opportunity to see how far my photography has come since then. I also experimented with panorama stitching and focus stacking (after being inspired by Thomas Heaton’s fantastic YouTube channel). I was really pleased with the results, but Zabriskie Point at sunrise was the highlight of the trip.