100 Photos from Death Valley

As the weather cools and I look forward to returning to the desert in a few weeks, this morning I added a few dozen photos to my album from 2013 visits to Death Valley: 
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http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/death-valley-photography-workshop-2013/
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Death Valley 2013
I've added more photos from last year's visits to Death Valley.  See the entire album at: https://plus.google.com/b/116469806647181209109/photos/116469806647181209109/albums/5857035748497514689

My Death Valley photography workshop schedule will be up soon at: www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com
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County Barn at Sunset

From our last night photography workshop at Bodie State Historic Park on  August 30, 2014.  I can't wait to go back out in a couple of weeks. With the sun setting around 6:30, we'll have over 4.5 hours of night shooting, roughly double what is available when the sun sets much later in mid-summer!

I've opened up the last few spots for separate night ($325) and interior access ($225):  www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com
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Bodie County Barn at sunset, August 30, 2014.

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Light Painting the Hoover House

+Ryan Watamura captured this image of the abandoned house where the brother of President Herbert Hoover lived in the late 1800s.  Check out more of Ryan's work… hard to believe that he only has 534 contacts: 
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Hoover House and Milky Way, Bodie, California. #bodie +Bodie Photo Workshops +Jeff Sullivan +Maximilian Laue

Hoover House and Milky Way, Bodie, California. #bodie +Bodie Photo Workshops +Jeff Sullivan +Maximilian Laue

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Alone

My camera was capturing a time-lapse sequence when a ghostly figure drifted into the scene… It turned out to be +Tex Schneider , who had dropped by to light paint the old Chevy.
Our last workshop in Bodie is coming up October 4 and 5: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/ +Bodie Photo Workshops  #nightphotographyworkshops   #bodiestatehistoricpark   #astrophotography  

Light painting the ’37 Chevy in Bodie August 30, 2014.

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Wild West Ghost Town Last Weekend

We had another amazing visit to Bodie last weekend.  Here are 14 more photos from our night and interior photography workshop.  Here's a link to the rest of my 2014 Bodie album on G+: https://plus.google.com/photos/+JeffreySullivan/albums/5887226287122891953
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Mars, Saturn, Moon Conjunction Over Bodie's 1937 Chevy August 30

I wrote a blog post last week about the opportunity to capture the moon, Mars and Saturn on the evenings of August 30 and 31.  This is the shot I planned with The Photographer's Ephemeris to place them over the rusty 1937 Chevy in California's Bodie State Historic Park.

Moments earlier I had been catching sunset on Main Street…
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Mars, Saturn and Moon Conjunction Over Bodie’s 1937 Chevy August 30
Mars, Saturn and the moon over Bodie’s 1937 Chevy on August 30 I wrote a blog post last week about the opportunity to capture the moon, Mars and Saturn on the evenings of August 30 and 31.  This is the shot I planned with +Th…

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Eastern Sierra Fall Colors Progress, Late September (2012)

This is one of the higher elevation places to catch fall colors in California's Eastern Sierra region, so it's one of the earlier places to catch the colors changing.  The smaller trees on the hillsides start to change first and that is already happening in 2014, but you can see from this September 28 photo from 2012 that the larger trees take a little longer and may not be significantly started until early October.

I'm on my second copy of this +Lowepro hip pack after I used the first one extensively 2005 – 2010.  It only cost around $65 if I remember correctly and I like having heavy gear firmly affixed to my hips for a low center of gravity and better stability and balance.  Also pairing it with a small day pack gives me more space but with maximum movement for agility and maximum stability while I'm crossing streams and balancing on small rocks like this.  I can take either or both bags with me, without having to lug everything everywhere.  It's a very flexible setup.  Found it… only $62.50 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016J7V7E?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=B0016J7V7E&linkCode=xm2&tag=jeffsulliphot-20

Photo credit: +Lori Hibbetthttps://plus.google.com/116318044389289937577/posts/1yihrnfgndG?pid=6054517568478587618&oid=116318044389289937577
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Fall colors are starting.  We are putting together an amazing few days for a small group of photographers.  We have a few spots still available.  There isn't a website just drop a note if you're interested.  

Fall colors are starting.  We are putting together an amazing few days for a small group of photographers.  We have a few spots still available.  There isn’t a website just drop a note if you’re interested.  

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Why Did the Milky Way Cross the Road?

No, it wasn't following a chicken.  The Milky Way moves from southeast to southwest over the course of the summer, so as you shoot in the same location over that time period, your compositions and foreground subjects change from week to week.  The dark new moon week only occurs for about a week per month, but that week shifts from year to year, so it can take a lot of visits and time to experience every combination of Milky Way position and foreground.  Our next workshop on October 4 will be my 15th night in Bodie, but we're still managing to find a lot of new compositions and to further develop old ones.
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Old truck in Bodie, captured during our night photography workshop August 30, 2014.

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The Wild West at Night

The "Wild West" was epitomized by rough, lawless towns.  Many of them were mining towns, and the best surviving example may be Bodie.  Preserved as a Bodie State Historic Park, a lot of money and effort goes into maintaining it in a state of "suspended decay".

This is the first of my images from our Bodie night photography workshop Saturday night.  Nice to see the Milky Way "cross the road"!  Our last Bodie workshop of  the year will be October 4-5: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/bodie-night-photography-workshops/ +Bodie Photo Workshops   #bodiestatehistoricpark   #ghosttownphotography   #nightphotography  

This is the first of my images from our Bodie night photography workshop Saturday night.

The “Wild West” was epitomized by rough, lawless towns. Many of them were mining towns, and the best surviving example may be Bodie. Preserved as a Bodie State Historic Park, a lot of money and effort goes into maintaining it in a state of “suspended decay”.

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Can HDR Software Finally Produce High Dynamic Range?

I used it a lot in 2008 and before.  I avoided it like the plague after I bought a camera with better dynamic range in 2009.  Here's why I'm starting to use HDR software more again.
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The Redemption of High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software
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Joshua tree in Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park When I captured the image above in early 2009, I used a Canon EOS 40D.  Although that was the first Canon camera marketed as producing 14-bit RAW files, it wasn’t alway…

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