California: Death Valley National Park - California Naturescapes
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"Salt formations at Devil's Golf Course",
Location: Death Valley National Park, California. [Map/GPS]

When an ancient lake dried up 10 thousand years ago it left massive salt deposits on the lake bed. The salt and minerals get washed away from the mountains and continue to get deposited in the death valley lake beds even today. This is a late evening picture of the strange landscape with sunset happening behind Panamint mountains.

Tech Info and Tip:
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 16mm
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Exposure: 0.8 sec at f/20 and ISO 100
Filters: SinghRay 3 stop hard edge ND grad

The colors of the landscape here can change so much depending on the time of the day. I first arrived here during mid noon when this particular spot looked dry and dull but when I returned during sunset the rich colors could be captured after using the ND Grad filter.

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.