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Photographer: Max Foster
Description: My wife and I recently completed a 15-month RV road trip around the United States, covering over 50,000 miles along the way. One of the most diverse and compelling places we visited was Death Valley in California. We spent 15 days driving and hiking around the varied landscape, exploring everything from sand dunes to narrow canyons. On our last day in the park, I scouted this playa for hours looking for abstract crack patterns. I was mainly focused on shooting small scenes straight down toward the cracks when I came across this gigantic rift on the desert floor. Looking along the rift, I excitedly realized that it pointed directly toward the peaks in the background. As I waited, the sun lit up the mountain range in gorgeous warm light and the clouds complemented the scene perfectly. I quickly composed and captured the scene before the light faded away at sunset. Walking back to my truck, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. The elements had aligned in my favor, and I had captured the Death Valley shot I was after all along.
Gear & Settings: Nikon D810, Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD at 15mm, Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-55 PCLR Ballhead. Exposure: 1/4 sec., ISO 64.