Armed with my Ansel Adams Postcard Folio Book I picked up a decade ago, we headed out to the Eastern Sierra's in California for the Labor Day long weekend. There are some cross posts here, I did that before I decided I wanted to do them in a set. I had a night shot planned before I left, checked the weather and Milky Way location, clouds and moon seemed to work out. Once on location I had to deal with the car headlights from the highway which is nearby. I ended up using the headlights to light up the cabin and foregound. Timeless by Siftu, on Flickr While I was out there another couple of photographers turned up and I got to talking to them and we decided to light up one of the cabins. I put my cell phone inside and put a CTO filter over the top. By this time the moon was just up and also provided some light. Anyone home? by Siftu, on Flickr We did a day in Bodie which was good but there was nothing I hadn't captured before. So off to Lone Pine which I used as the gateway to Death Valley. But first I had to chase down a shot I had admired of Ansels for years. This was in the dying light, there was a lot of haze and the exact rocks were hard to find. But just in time we found them. I have to say just being at these rocks was the highlight of my trip. Being at the exact location, trying to replicate his photo and dealing with the same issues he would have faced was amazing. But I didn't get close to his master piece, maybe next time. Mt Williamson by Siftu, on Flickr In Death Valley I had a bit of fun with the Rokinon fisheye. I'm really enjoying this lens way more than I thought I would. Mini Racetrack - Death Valley by Siftu, on Flickr Let the kids run around a bit. Freedom by Siftu, on Flickr Then off to the Mesquite Sand Dunes. These had been trampled all over. Tip: Don't head for the big dunes everyone goes to like I did. Go off in the other direction to the smaller dunes which would have no footprints. Misquite Dunes by Siftu, on Flickr On the way back from Badwater Basin, which is the lowest point in the US I grabbed this shot. Yep, a little cliché. Death Valley by Siftu, on Flickr Leaving the park we came across 4 coyotes. I guess they wanted food or something. I was driving so handed the camera to my wife. Coyote - Death Valley by Siftu, on Flickr The morning we left Lone Pine I wanted to try out one more Ansel Adams photo. It was very hazy probably due to some smoke for all the fires in CA. Silver Efex did a good job of adding back the contrast and structure. This is a take on his "Winter Sunrise" photo. Summer Sunrise by Siftu, on Flickr It was a great weekend. I had a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy.