Featured Forum Thread: 'Death Valley & Trona Pinnacles'

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by WoodWorks, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I've spent the past five days escaping winter in Oregon by heading for Death Valley and parts thereabout, entering the valley via Titus Canyon and camping out at the Racetrack, where boulders the size of basketballs get blown across the playa by the fierce winds there.

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    I spent the night out there, and this was the view from my tent.

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    Then I rode south to the Trona Pinnacles.

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    Before returning home via Sequoia National Park.

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    A few more images from this trip can be found here on my Flickr page.
     
  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Man, what an awesome trip! I've always wanted to see Death Valley.
     
  3. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    Jeff
    Thanks for sharing! I really must get back there soon.
     
  4. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Very, very cool.
     
  5. claude

    claude TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jan 13, 2013
    Ottawa Canada
    Beautiful series! Is that trick photography or are those boulders really getting blown around?
     
  6. lowbone

    lowbone TalkEmount Regular

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    Oct 21, 2012
    Nicely done. What lens were you using?
     
  7. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Thanks! But no, it's not trick photography. The winds out there can be extreme. NASA sent a group of engineers to the playa a few years ago to determine the cause of the rock's movement, and they claim it's a combination of the wind and the mud's particular viscosity when wet that allows for the movement. No one's ever actually recorded them moving, but I doubt that anyone could stand up during the event.

    @lowbone: all but the Titus Canyon and night time shots were with the SEL1018. Those two were shot with the SELP1650.
     
  8. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Excellent stuff!!! Love the moving rocks shots :thumbup:
     
  9. Hawon

    Hawon TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 5, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Hawon
    I love star pictures!!!
     
  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Quite a fascinating place. Been a few times, but still fascinates me.
     
  11. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    NYC
    Good shots!
     
  12. ilovenex

    ilovenex TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 14, 2013
    Vancouver
    Amazing Shots. cant wait for my roadtrip May 21st
     
  13. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Death Valley in late May? Bring plenty of water!

    But I'm no one to talk. I spent a week there a few years ago in August. It was 121°F, and there was no one there except me and the crazy European tourists. But at least they could plead ignorance. ;)
     
  14. ilovenex

    ilovenex TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 14, 2013
    Vancouver
    Ya :) on the way to vegas stay in Vegas for 5 night than go la and Disneyland staying for 5 nights. Any place to recommend to go?

    Sent from my SGH-T889 using Tapatalk 2
     
  15. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    PM'ed ya