On a Dark Desert Highway

Dark Desert Highway

A desert road going off to the distance in the Valley of Fire.

… cool wind in my hair.. warm smell of colitas.. rising up through the air…

No, this isn’t California.. and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t want to stay at whatever the closest hotel is to this spot, though there is a pretty nice campground at the Valley of Fire.

The obvious question would be:

“If you are in a place like the Valley of Fire that is famous for the bright reddish orange rocks, why would you do a black and white picture?”

There a a couple of good reasons.  First, the subject of the picture is the road – not the rocks.  Second, this picture was taken at midday when there light was very contrasty and there was a fair amount of dust/haze in the air.  High Contrast + Black and White = worth a shot!

This highway is near the famous Elephant Rock.  In fact, I’m pretty sure Elephant Rock is about 10 paces to my right as I’m taking this picture.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a good picture of Elephant Rock because I didn’t realize that it is apparently okay to scramble onto the rocks for a better picture.  I was erring on the side of caution and stayed down on the road.

Don’t miss a fun side trip to a unique area the next time you are in Vegas – Valley of Fire is only 45 minutes away!

Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L @ 70mm  ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/160 sec.

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One Response to “On a Dark Desert Highway”

  1. Karen Atherton August 15, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Lovely photo, Mark!

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