California: Death Valley National Park - California Naturescapes
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"Saltpans" Location: Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park, California. A surreal landscape for sure... being here can feel like being on an alien landscape. These are salt deposites left by an ancient lake that once filled this valley. Repeated filling and drying of the lake left huge quantities of minerals, mostly salt, on the lake bed. The unique formation of saltpans is a natural process in which these pans grow and press against each other forming ridges. Tech Info: Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 17mm Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II Exposure: 15sec at f/16 and ISO 50 Filters: LEE ND Grads 0.9 soft edge and 0.75 hard edge Note on post processing: I had to do almost no post processing on this image. The colors are due to twilight glow at dusk. I did, however, had to correct the wide angle distortion that occurs shooting at 17mm focal length with this perspective.

Death Valley has such unique landscape that defies imagination. A visit here is the closest thing to vising an alien landscape. It is one of the most popular locations to photograph. Its badlands, sand dunes, salt pans, strange racetracks offer unique opportunities to capture its beauty.

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