Death Valley – 20 Mule Canyon

Wednesday was a day of shooting dirt.  In the morning was 20 Mule Canyon and in the evening was the Artists’ Palette.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Let’s start with 20 Mule Canyon, which is where we went for sunrise.
Sunrise was wonderful to watch.  You could see the sun light the tips of the far mountains, but with the near foreground not lit, I did not get any images worth showing.  
These first two pictures show the difference in light.  The first picture was before the sun light had reached this valley and the second picture was with the sun higher in the sky.
One reason that I included the first picture was to give you an idea of the scale of the landscape.  Notice the two people in the first picture and notice how big they are relative to the hills and mountain around them.

And now to my new-found interest in B&W images.  It seems a shame to throw away all of the various colors of the dirt in the canyon, but the B&W image show so much of the light and texture.

Our instructors gave us the assignment of shooting the same scene in landscape and portrait modes.  My attempt at this assignment is below.  For this particular pair of pictures, I like the horizontal image better.  It seems that the vertical image crowds the chocolate topped mound too much.  What do you think?

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