Aguereberry Point in Death Valley California

Aguereberry Point at Dusk by Richard Lewis 2013

Spending the last week of the year in Death Valley with spotty internet access and no cell phone coverage means I missed the ideal time to finish reflecting on 2013. I may continue, but for now I’ll jump into the new year with a wish that you grow and become even better photographers, artists and people in 2014. I also hope this blog will play a role in your growth.

The above photograph is from Aguereberry Point which is 6433 feet above Death Valley in California. We arrived at this remote overlook later than expected and dusk was beginning to turn into night. It was cold and windy, but the soft light was beautiful on this unique and harsh landscape.

How I Did It – Focusing in low light is difficult because it can be tough to see things clearly in the view finder or LCD screen. Add an extended distance, or depth of field, and there is an even bigger challenge. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I didn’t want to blow it with a fuzzy photograph. To avoid that mistake I made several exposures: One with what I hoped had everything in focus and 3 more focusing independently on the foreground, mid-ground and background. If the original image was not completely sharp, I could fix it by adding elements from the other exposures when editing the finished photograph.

By the way, more of Death Valley to come. Enjoy.

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