Death Valley on film

My dad and I kicked off our great California Road Trip of 2018 in Death Valley! We got there close to evening and left early in the morning so we missed the scorching afternoon heat. My main concern was getting to Mesquite Dunes before the sun set so I could get a variety of shots.


Man, those sand dunes are tall! After setting up camp at Stovepipe Wells, we raced back over to the dunes to get into position. I was in the beginning stages of a cold and I think I had a mild fever - but that wasn't going to stop me! 

We ran and power-walked through soft sand over dune after dune. When we finally reached the top of the first larger sized dune, my face was beet red. I probably should have stopped for water breaks, but sunlight waits for no one! I was so out of breath and so thankful to be on DayQuil. 

After I got some final intense sun shots, I used a tripod to get some early evening shots which gave more emphasis to the pink and purple tones. 

Once I was done shooting, I laid my head on my backpack and just relaxed as we watched the sky turn a variety of pastel colors. The nearly full moon lit up the desert beautifully. We were the last ones that far out into the dunes but we didn't mind. The desert at night was worth the climb. The next day we headed for Sequoia National Park.

All images were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400. Scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab.