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11/07/2013 11:33:18 PM · #1
I have the opportunity to spend several days in Death Valley National Park at the end of this month. This is my first trip there to photograph and, as I'm sure many of you have taken some wonderful photographs there over the years, I'd really love to hear about your experiences. If you can share some info about when and where to get a great shot or just have a good story to tell, please feel free. Also, the ISON comet will be peaking while I'm there. If you've taken the iconic comet photo (or can share anything at all about getting the same) I'd love to hear about that, too. I'll be using a Nikon D300, and I have the following telephoto lenses available:

Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6D ED
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR

Thanks in advance.
11/07/2013 11:52:40 PM · #2
It's a desert so absolutely no questions asked bring your 12-24 as well. Photographing celestial bodies is ultimately always the same. Balancing ambient with the light of the celestial object. If you have any flashes, you might find them beneficial to bring considering how bright this is supposed to be.
11/08/2013 01:29:40 PM · #3
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

It's a desert so absolutely no questions asked bring your 12-24 as well. Photographing celestial bodies is ultimately always the same. Balancing ambient with the light of the celestial object. If you have any flashes, you might find them beneficial to bring considering how bright this is supposed to be.


Right! I didn't list it, but I'm taking the 12-24 as well as the 18 - 200. I do have one SB 600 I'll be taking along as well as a couple of powerful flashlights.
11/08/2013 02:42:12 PM · #4
If you are going to play with light painting bring some gels for you flashes and lamps.
Plan on sleeping mid day to aviod crowds, heat and boring light.
Since you will be there a few days, spend the first figuring out where you want to be when to shoot what. Zebriski Point just after sunset, the salt flats a few hours before sunrise, ect.
I found shooting a few frames on a tripod of a given scene to be a good idea so you can edit out people who wander into the frame, or choose to place them where the lone figure works best.
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