Death Valley 2019

Nam-in-Sonoma

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Took my family and the new E-M1X to Death Valley past weekend to give it a try.
All the following pictures are taken with Handheld High Res

We got to Mesquite Sand Dunes right on time during golden hour to get dramatic light and shadow

[1] Taken from the side of the road

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes by Nam Ing, on Flickr

[2] The tallest dune

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes by Nam Ing, on Flickr

[3] Let's start hiking

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes by Nam Ing, on Flickr

[4] Fortunately it wasn't that hot for a hike...it was only in the high 70s F

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes by Nam Ing, on Flickr

[5] Next day, we went to Badwater Basin which is at 288 feet below sea level

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Badwater Basin by Nam Ing, on Flickr

[6] Some remnant of water from the rains a few weeks ago

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Badwater Basin by Nam Ing, on Flickr

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Badwater Basin by Nam Ing, on Flickr

[8] Dante's View is at 5476 feet to get panoramic view of the basin

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Dante's View by Nam Ing, on Flickr

On the way back we stopped at Zabriskie Point

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X-_20190317_154547_3946 by Nam Ing, on Flickr

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X-_20190317_153747_3926 by Nam Ing, on Flickr

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X-_20190317_153216_3917 by Nam Ing, on Flickr

Artist's Drive is a nice loop to drive through

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X-_20190317_163611_3968 by Nam Ing, on Flickr

[13] Artist's Palette

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X-_20190317_165445_3998 by Nam Ing, on Flickr

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X-_20190317_170054_4006 by Nam Ing, on Flickr

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X-_20190318_100801_4110 by Nam Ing, on Flickr

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X-_20190318_101018_4112 by Nam Ing, on Flickr

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X-_20190318_102055_4136 by Nam Ing, on Flickr

All and all love the new camera, handle great especially in portrait and the handheld high res is such a great feature.
 
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Hi Nam,
I used to shoot with a Canon 1D (various marks) but now as I'm getting older I really do not want that big of a body. The EM1mk2 is about as big as I want these days and a lot of the time now I just use my Leica typ109 as it produces "good enough" results for what I want.
Sue, my partner is more of a contender for the EM1X as she shoots sports and stuff that moves around quickly where as I'm more into stationary scenes :biggrin:.
 

Nam-in-Sonoma

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Yes, E-M1 Mark ii is great...but since I got the X, shooting with the 40-150mm F2.8 or the 300mm F4 feel more comfortable than the mark ii...for all the pictures above I shot them handheld all they and felt very comfortable with it. It's about as big as my old E-1.
 

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Thank you @Will Focus
I really don't know about the composition of the soil...I need to read up more about that beautiful area.
Thanks, I just did a quick search. Here's a USGS link with a short overview about the reasons for the different colors...

USGS Geology and Geophysics

… an excerpt "The green tuff are altered volcanic ash deposits."
 

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Way out of my league. BIF's, birds and sports here, but man these are so darn good I have to comment. Views I will never get to see and that's kind of special. All brilliantly taken and the colours in these are amazing to see. Excellent work with lighting, lines, perspectives and shadows.

All the best and very clever shooting.

Danny.
 

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Stunning work as always Nam. Somehow I missed the post when you first did it. I'm really hoping we get HHHR in a smaller body soon. It's the only thing that interests me on the X.
 

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Wow, great photos, Nam. Makes what one would think to be a desolate place, into something gorgeous. The juxtaposition of colors in no. 10 is sublime. The range and subtlety of colors really comes through. The intensity of the sky looks like you used a polarizer. Or, did you change it in post? Dramatic light and shadows indeed! Thanks.
 

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