Monday, March 11, 2013

Natural Bridge Canyon - Death Valley National Park (Part 24)

At the end of November last year (2012), I took a trip to Death Valley National Park. This is the second trip there in my life. The 1st time I went, I was still a little kid, and I didn't start taking photos yet. This time, I have a pro camera and I am ready to shoot the scenery. Death Valley National Park is known for its "out of this world" scenery, UFO sightings, and many other things. The desert is a very mysterious and beautiful place. In this chain of blog posts, I will be showing you mainly photos of Death Valley National Park, but also photos from surrounding areas like The Mojave Desert, Alabama Hills, and Rhyolite Ghost Town. I have picked out over 400 photos from my trip to show you guys and I will be dividing them into many blog posts. Unlike blog  post chains before, I obviously can't put a link of ever blog post on every single blog post, so instead, I will do the same thing I did for my Yellowstone National Park photos before, by sticking a link of the Next and Previous post on each blog post instead.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best work from Death Valley National Park, use this link. To see all of the photos from my Death Valley National Park trip use this link.

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Today, I have 9 photos from Natural Bridge Canyon in Death Valley National Park. Some of these photos do have bad lighting because I arrived there during sunset. I hope you enjoy. :) This place would have been a lot better during the day so if you do visit Death Valley National Park, try to keep it during the day. The temperature in Death Valley National Park drops very quick during the night because there is no "moisture buffer" because it is a desert. I actually got a bit cold at night, but I continued. If you plan on taking photos when it is late like this, make sure you have a good tripod for those long exposures.

Panorama of Death Valley at the trail head. 

HDR composition of the sunset capturing the colors and the foreground. Didn't turn out as well as I hoped it would be. Maybe I should try some other HDR software than just using Photoshop... 

Landscape in the canyon. 


Dry waterfall in the valley. Many of these can be found throughout Death Valley because the area used to be a huge lake before climate changes turned the area into a desert. 

A photo of Natural Bridge the main view of Natural Bridge Canyon.... Obviously.

Here is a HDR composition of Natural Bridge. See how the blown out sky is now visible. This is when you should use HDR. Obviously, I need a better software than processing them in Photoshop. A lot of people say the HDR portion of Photoshop is not that good. 


After seeing Natural Bridge, I turned back as there was 1 more view point I wanted to visit. Here is a HDR Composition of the sunset seen through the canyon walls. 

Another HDR composition.

One more HDR Composition at the trail head. 

These are all the photos I got for Natural Bridge Canyon. Next time I will continue with some night shots at Artist's Palette Drive. Also, if you have read my intro at the very top of every blog post, you would have probably noticed I said UFO sightings are common in Death Valley National Park. Artists Palette Drive was where I had a potential sighting and I will tell you what happened next time. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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