Sunday, March 10, 2013

Badwater Basin - Death Valley National Park (Part 23)

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 8 photos from Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park. These photos will include a long exposure, some landscape shots, and a few panoramas. Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America being at 282 feet below sea level. From Badwater Basin, you can see a small spring-fed pool called "bad water". Since the area is full of salt, the water is undrinkable, but does house some animals and plants including the pickle-weed, aquatic insects, and the Badwater snail. If you want to read more about Badwater Basin, you can do so on Wikipedia. If you are visiting Death Valley National Park, definitely visit this place. The area is wheelchair accessible so if you or someone you love is elderly or disabled, they can also visit this.

A sign marking Badwater Basin telling you that the area is 282 feet/855 meters below sea level.  

 Here is the small spring-fed pool called "bad water". 

Giant salt flat.  

Remember how at the beginning I told you I had my camera on the wrong metering mode? It really screwed up my panoramas. I did my best to fix it, but the results are still not very good.  

 So many people taking photos!

Did a long exposure with my ND filter to wipe out the people in the scene. They weren't moving fast enough so they still left a ghost in the photo.  

Another panorama slightly ruined by the wrong metering mode. :/

These are all the photos I took at Badwater Basin! I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with photos from Natural Bridge Canyon (not the one from Santa Cruz, CA). Please don't forget to share the blog post 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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