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Badwater Basin
Photo By Ean Adams

  • Title: Badwater Basin
  • State/Province/Region: California
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Death Valley National Park
  • Nearest Town: Shoshone, CA
  • Brief Directions: Badwaer Basin is located in Death Valley National Park, about 18 miles from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center traveling south on Badwater Road.
  • Best Season: Winter
  • Description: Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282ft below sea level. The reason why this area is called badwater is because of the salt that accumulates making the spring-fed pools next to the road undrinkable. I took this shot away from the main parking area in the late evening; drive past the main parking area (going south) and park on the side of the road after the road veers left. Walk as far and as long as you wish to find a suitable spot ("suitable" translated to an area that is absent of footsteps). Nvtls, it is not really the hexagonal salt patterns that create the shot. Rather it is the weather conditions and the appearance of the skies - which is basically true for most landscape photography. Best time to shoot this area is when there is some drama in the sky, preferably in the evening.
  • Gear: Canon 7D, 17-40mm f4.0L, Lee ND and Polarizer, Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 and Grip Action (324RC2)
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