Field Reports

Death Valley 2017

George Theodore, February 21, 2017

Death Valley! What thoughts are conjured up when you hear this? Bleak, desert, hot, sand, desolate, deserted, forsaken? Take a trip to Death Valley and have your mind changed. Our small group of 10 spent the greater part of five days roaming this magnificent landscape photographing everything from sand dunes to fields of borax.

The weather this year was typical 2016/7 California – wet. Death Valley gets around two inches of rain a year and our group agreed we had half of that during our photo adventure. Still, there were enough breaks in clouds to get images with great light and when it was overcast, the light was perfect for areas like Devil’s Golf Course and Rhyolite Ghost Town.

We had lots of wind too and boy did it blow up at Dante’s View at sunrise! The temp read forty degrees (actually warm for this time of the year) but the wind made it feel like the normal 25 degrees you get up there. All had a good time and here are some images created by our workshop participants. Enjoy.