Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Photo of the day: Badwater
We drove to Badwater one evening for the sunset, forgetting that the best light would actually be an hour before sunset--at such a low elevation, the sun goes down behind the western mountains long before it sets over the distant ocean. Still, the light of dusk cast the salt flats in a moody blue light, while the sky reflected the colors of the setting sun.
You have to walk waaay out into the flats to get away from the paths trampled by the hundreds of people who visit every day. When you do, you're rewarded with foregrounds that still show the crystaline encrustation of eons of salt deposits. From there, the rules of photography are simple: use a tripod; keep the camera low, the angle wide; observe the rule of thirds; and keep the horizon level.