Don Crow  

The Salt Pan by Don Crow

November 2019 - The Salt Pan

About the Image(s)

We walked about 1 ½ miles out on the salt pan from Badwater. The wind was blowing at least 40 mph. You had to hold on to your tripod! We had to wait for about an hour for the sun light to hit the salt but wow… It was worth the walk and wait.
Processed in Photoshop only.
Canon 7d mii, Canon24-105 lens at 24mm, f/18, 1/25 sec, ISO 100.

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10 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hello Don, I am visiting from Monochrome Group 32. I am so impressed with this shot. I like very much your dynamic range from light to dark, and the compositional element of the mountains tapering up to the exact upper right hand corner.
Because of your intense story of getting the shot, I suggest you have a look at the images of Larry Treadwell in Group 67. He also goes all out to get the shot, if you look back at a few months of his work. I think you two of of the same spirit.
  Posted: 11/09/2019 16:45:42

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Hi Don. Stephen's suggestion I am visiting from Group 67. This is an exceptional shot. I read your description and noted how you "suffered" to capture this image. For me, the adventure of getting to some of these iconic locations is half the fun and satisfaction. However when you get there you must have the gear and the skills to make the capture worth while. In this shot your angle of view is spot on and the time of day and the light make all the difference in creating this masterpiece. May I suggest a slight crop on the left edge. There is a small spot that looks to be burned and a slight crop will make it perfect. I like how you used the dynamic range of your camera to capture the shadow areas with detail without the loss of detail in most highlights.

Well done.   Posted: 11/10/2019 14:23:22

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Nice job, Don. Even though this was early morning, the contrast in your processing brings out the stark, unforgiving, desert landscape. Nice clouds, too. I look forward to seeing more from this visit to one of my favorite places.   Posted: 11/11/2019 10:44:51
Don Crow   Don Crow
Thanks for your input. We had a great time and got a lot of shots. I tried to get ripples in the sand as you do so well. Not sure how they will turn out.   Posted: 11/16/2019 11:39:03

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
F8 and being there. This is a wonderful photograph. I agree that the distant left is a bit too bright. A subtlevignetting might also add . This shot also could be cropped at the bottom to make a dramatic panoramic. That would not improve the photograph, it would be a differentphotograph.   Posted: 11/11/2019 11:52:03

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Nice image Don of an interesting location. You were there at the right time: nice and early to give good shadows to the short 'walls'. I went there half a dozen years ago and found it difficult to get a pleasing slice of the huge landscape - its about shapes really and lead in lines.

As has been said, the left area is very bright and either should be cropped out or worked in, so it doesn't take the eye there. It certainly works in B&W!

Again, very nice image!   Posted: 11/13/2019 10:41:00

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Amazing shot Don! What a struggle to get it but really worth it. Did you lower the camera to capture the wide view? Thanks for a memorable image   Posted: 11/13/2019 16:13:13
Don Crow   Don Crow
I probably put the mountains in the upper third and used a wide angle.   Posted: 11/16/2019 11:40:12

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Hi Don, with the others I like this image. For my eye, however I would have liked less foreground and a little more sky. The pattern in the salt flats is so regular in its repetition that there is, for me, more than I like visible. I copied the image into Photoshop and did nothing more than crop it some to give more of a balance between the foreground and the sky. I would be interested in your thoughts.

Having said that, your processing was very good, great tonality and clarity. I also liked your treatment of the sky and mountains to bring out the best of all of the elements of the image.

Very nice done, thank you for sharing it with us.   Posted: 11/15/2019 12:25:02
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John Erve   John Erve
Don, I think you got a great payoff for your 1.5 mile walk on the salt flats as you capture a sense of the environment undisturbed by any visible footprints. The low vantage point allows me to see the textures and details of the salt flats. For me this works well for a BW although I can only guess it would be equally effective as a color. I am curious how you decided on your shutter speed which is quite slow especially if the wind was so strong.   Posted: 11/19/2019 22:00:40