My Personal Invitation To You
I personally invite you to begin your journey as a fine art collector. I will work with you every step of the way, from the selection of one of my Death Valley landscape photographs to the selection of the print style and will keep you up to date of the printing and delivery process. The end result will be a fine art photograph that will add beauty to your home or office and become a cherished possession.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the process of purchasing a print.
Fine Art Print and Wall Art Options
My photographs of Death Valley National Park are available for you to purchase as Fine Art Prints or Wall Art and place in your home or office. They are for sale as Frameless or Framed Lumachrome® HD Trulife® Acrylic Prints, Exhibit Mounted Metal Prints, and Fuji Crystal Archive Paper Prints. After selecting the desired photo, just select the type and size of print you would like to purchase in the area beneath the photo.
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For more information and details regarding these museum quality landscape prints for sale, please click on this link to my Prints Options page. I believe our photographic artwork can brighten up any room and I invite you to see some illustrations of this on my Room Preview page.
Visiting and Photographing Death Valley National Park
I think just about everyone’s first thought about Death Valley National Park is “Why would I possibly want to go there?”
Guilty as charged. I thought the same thing. They say don’t judge a book by its cover. After I was seriously involved in landscape photography and was paying attention to the places that photographers were going, I began seeing some really cool images, and they got my attention.
I was used to shooting water and mountain scenes, but this desolate desert thing was completely foreign to me. My first trip was not very successful, which is common with first visits, but it was magnified by being something so new to me.
It’s a very large National Park and the photographic opportunities are very spread out. There is one set of opportunities in the south end where you can stay at The Ranch at Death Valley and another set of opportunities in the north end where you can stay at Stovepipe Wells.
My favorite time to visit is in March. I have found there to be more wind then, which can clean the sand dunes from foot tracks and from some of the black particles in the sand that reduce the beauty of the dunes.
The south end includes locations like Zabriskie Point with Manley Beacon, Twenty Mule Team Canyon and Artists Palette located on Artists Drive. The location that got my attention the most for a trip there is Badwater Basin with its geometric formations in the salt flats.
Badwater Basin is famous for being the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. The designs in the salt flats can range from fairly rough close to the perimeter to something much more refined a mile or so out in the middle, which is where I chose to photograph them.
Following the road south from Zabriskie Point will take you to the high mountain overlook called Dante’s Peak. This is a great place to view and photograph a huge section of Death Valley from high up, including Badwater Basin in your composition.
The main attraction in the north end of the Park are the Mesquite Sand Dunes. Early morning is the time to photograph them, which requires a pre-dawn hike out in the dark. It’s probably a mile or so out to where the dunes are large and clean. If you’re lucky enough to have the wind blowing the sand, be sure to take good tight goggles with you to protect your eyes.
The Park is also famous for The Racetrack, where large blocks of rock have moved over time and left trails in the Playa. If you go, be sure to rent a Jeep with heavy tires as the rock road will cut normal passenger tires ruining your day. Also, if it’s wet from a freak rain, please stay off the playa so it doesn’t get permanent footprints that ruin it for those that follow.
The view of the valley from high above at Auguereberry Point is one of the most rewarding photographs I have had the pleasure of taking. It’s a slow, rough, washboard rock road to get there. Sunrises are amazing, so leave well before dark and check it out.
One last location not to be left out is Eureka Dunes. I admit I was only there once and the conditions were amazing with storm clouds draining over the mountain. I have no idea how often that happens, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the weather for a trip there.
Well, there you have it. A location you wouldn’t normally think of to visit that has many dramatic photographic possibilities. It's just one more for your list.
Fun Facts About Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park is one of 63 National Parks in the United States and was designated as such in 1994. The Park is located in both California and Nevada, covering over 5,000 acres and is the largest Park in the contiguous United States. There are canyons in the Park, but nothing like the Grand Canyon.
Not only is it the hottest and driest Park in the United States, it also has the second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at Badwater Basin, which is 282 feet below sea level. In spite of these conditions, Death Valley receives almost 2 million visitors each year. For more desert photography, see our Fine Art Photography of Deserts.
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