The Dantes View was the first stop in the Death Valley National Park during my drive from Las Vegas to the Eastern Sierra (California).
It takes 20km of an uphill ride to get from the elevation blow sea level at the valley all the way to 1700m (5,476 ft). When I entered the national park it was pretty hot and dry, what you normally expect from the desert. And when I stepped out of the car at the Dantes View I did not expect to face a chilly breeze. I dad to dive into the trunk of the car to fish out some warm clothes.
Even in the middle of the day with the harsh afternoon light and empty sky the view was simply spectacular. The colors, the textures, and the shapes were unforgettable.
Shooting & Processing
The challenge with the shooting was the vastness of the scene. From the moment I saw it I knew that I would have to do some kind of panoramic composition.
I took only two shots because I did not want to go beyond 16×9 aspect ration for the composition.
It was the perfect opportunity to test a brand new Boundary Warp feature in Panorama Merge module.
First, I used Perspective option for the projection to minimize the distortion of the sense. Second, I dragged the Boundary Warp slider all the way to 100% to fill up the canvas.
After, I used Rapid Editing fro Landscapes. I described the process in tutorial Lightroom Rapid Editing System for Landscapes.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (2, 8, 12, 17, 22)
The last step in Lightroom was to clean up the sky using the Spot Removal tool.
In Photoshop, I used the Stamp Tool to clean up the image by removing the distractions in the foreground.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 16mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Lightroom: import, tagging, cropping, Lightroom Rapid Editing, spot removal.
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, distant mountain grid).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (valley).