Feb 252015
 

For President’s Day the kiddo, a friend, and I decided it was time for another road trip.  Instead of driving deep into Death Valley we ventured east into Arizona.  I’d read about the Partridge Creek Bridge when doing research into places to shoot for my Byways project.  This old span was once part of the famous Route 66.  It is holding up surprisingly well.  I spent over an hour at the bridge shooting it from a ton of different angles and compositions.  I’ll be sharing my top three over the next few days (map).

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Partridge Creek Bridge I

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Feb 232015
 

Earlier this month I made a return trip to the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns on the west side of Death Valley with my daughter and friend in tow.  Both of them wanted to see what the kilns were like.  Along the way we passed by the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and the kiddo wanted to stop and take a run through the sand.  I told her that if we had the time on the way back we would.  She was so well behaved on the rest of the trip I couldn’t help but stop on our way back through.  So while the kiddo and my friend kicked off their shoes and took a stroll through the sand, I grabbed my camera and took a stroll of my own.

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Ghosts of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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Feb 222015
 

Since I’m out of town I have something different for today’s Sunday Funday.  I’ve had the idea of a map of my Byways images for a while now and wasn’t sure how to make it happen.  I finally did some research and found a decent WordPress plugin that would give me a quality product with the features I wanted.  I spent a few hours the other night creating all the markers, adding their thumbnails, and adding them to a dedicated map page on my blog.  I’m really happy with the result.  Go over and check it out by clicking here.

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Feb 212015
 

Taken back at the end of September, I’m just now remembering to share this shot.  I was on another random road trip through Death Valley and decided to poke around the Ashford Mills Ruins for some night photography.  I spent a little over an hour shooting various compositions and light effects.  I only had a small flashlight and my phone to light up the walls of the old ruins.  It took several tries to finally get a good combination of composition and lighting.  This is the result.  Pretty happy for my first attempt at purposefully capturing the milky way (map).

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Milky Way Over Ashford Mills Ruins

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Feb 182015
 

Final image from my early January trip to Death Valley.  As I started down into Panamint Valley along CA-190 I pulled over, hiked to the top of this rock pile, and pointed my camera west.  I must say I’m pleasantly surprised with the end result.  The original straight out of camera didn’t really impress me, but this image really came to life after processing (map).

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36°21'54" N 117°17'11" W

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Feb 162015
 

My final Byways shot from along Emigrant Canyon Rd located on the west side of Death Valley National Park.  This particular part of the road was particularly treacherous.  Very sharp corners with rapid descents.  Thankfully for me there was a nice pullout at the top of the hill for me to park.  I then hiked to this location for the shot (map).

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36°18'42" N 117°9'10" W

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