One of my favorite landscapes to photograph is the deserts scenes of the Southwest. There are a number of beautiful parks near Las Vegas but I hadn’t been to any of them until November 2016. Willie and I flew to Las Vegas, met up with David Thompson and spent most of the weekend camping in Death Valley National Park.
Willie had wanted to get as much photography in as possible, so we booked a late night flight home, giving us enough time to photograph sunset. The clouds looked juicy so David took us to Red Rock Canyon where we could photograph cacti in front of Mt. Wilson and Rainbow Peak.
When we arrived David warned us that the area is *very* hard to photograph. It’s hard to find the perfect cactus or the nicest foreground, for example. Sure enough, Willie and I ran from cactus to cactus trying to find one that would make an interesting subject for our photo. After prickling ourselves a number of times I finally settled on this Cholla cactus while Willie continue off in another direction. Luckily for us, Mama Nature also rewarded us with yet another explosive sunset! The trip was one of the most successful photo trips we’ve had, with nice light pretty much every sunrise and sunset!
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
16mm, f/11, 1/30 sec, ISO 100
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