Ron: Death Valley Winter - Just Rocks (3 of 3)
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by Ron Coscorrosa
1w ago
This is the third in a series of three posts featuring my photographs from Death Valley National Park taken over the 2023-2024 winter season (first part here, second part here). Death Valley is known for many things: the salt flats and polygons at Badwater Basin, the various sand dunes scattered across the park, and the impressive and colorful badlands. Perhaps less appreciated are the mountains, alluvial fans, and canyons spread across the park—and the rocks that comprise them. Death Valley is geologically diverse and chaotic, qualities that are obvious with even a single afternoon in the pa ..read more
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Ron: Death Valley Winter - Lake Manly (Part 2 of 3)
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by Ron Coscorrosa
1M ago
This is the second in a three part series of photos from Death Valley taken this winter (see first post here). This post is about Lake Manly. Lake Manly was a permanent feature in Death Valley until it evaporated about 10,000 years ago and now only forms during periods of heavy rainfall. During Hurricane Hilary in August 2023, heavy rains repopulated the ephemeral lake, and atmospheric river events in January actually raised the water level. During a few wind events in late February, the lake blew to the north before resettling back south and finally fully evaporating by May 2024. Watching th ..read more
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Ron: Death Valley Winter - The Diverse Desert (Part 1 of 3)
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by Ron Coscorrosa
1M ago
Sarah and I spent almost ten weeks in and around Death Valley this winter in our trailer. Our first trip was a quick (for us) week-long visit in December to see the ephemeral Lake Manly before it evaporated. We followed that up with a longer eight-week trip starting in late January, during which our “ephemeral” lake refilled with several atmospheric river events in California. The winter weather was wet, providing many opportunities (lakes, wildflowers, and even fog), but it also closed the roads to many of the park’s further reaches. I have processed almost 250 photographs from these two tri ..read more
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It’ll Be Prettier Soon: Eclipse Trip Recap and Photos
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by Sarah Marino
2M ago
Soft mist rises below a row of spring trees at Virgil Point Campground on the morning of the 2024 total eclipse. In 2017, photo friends invited us to camp with them in Wyoming to view that year’s total solar eclipse. We accepted the invitation, mostly expecting some fun social time and an interesting life experience. By the time the eclipse ended, Ron and I both felt like it was a truly transcendent moment—one of the most special occurrences a person can experience in nature—and we decided we would put extra effort into seeing eclipses in the future. As nature photographers, we contemplate th ..read more
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(Photographic) Happiness = Reality - Expectations: February + March 2024 Monthly Review
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by Sarah Marino
3M ago
Ripples form after a flash flood, with the milky flood water filling the depressions. Death Valley National Park. QUICK NOTE: I will be joining Nic Stover's Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 3 at 4:00 pm PT to teach a new class on photographing abstract subjects in nature (like those shown in this post). After my presentation, I will be doing a processing demonstration, too. If you cannot attend the live session, Nic will be sending out a full recording to anyone who registers. You can learn more here. I hope to see you there! Review of February + March Well, I missed my monthly update ..read more
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January 2024 Monthly Review
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by Sarah Marino
5M ago
Light beams shine through heavy storm clouds, illuminating the Panamint Mountains. Death Valley National Park. I’m sharing a wrap-up like this at the end of each month to help with accountability and discipline. The basic format: an inventory of how I spent the last month with regard to nature photography and our photo business, a casual discussion about the things that are on my mind, and a few non-photography recommendations at the end. This could be a very short update since I focused on two things over the last month: 1) working on the fully revised and significantly expanded second editi ..read more
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Backyard Abstracts: Photos From My Ice Farming Operation
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by Sarah Marino
6M ago
Over the last few years, we have occasionally put a tub of water in our backyard during colder weather to see if it might create some opportunities for photographing ice patterns. We never put much effort into this approach to photography because it seemed like we could usually find something more interesting in a natural setting. Enter Adam Gibbs and the preview pages for his new book, Land & Light. In one of the sample spreads, Adam shares a beautiful photo of frost patterns and describes the “ice farming” operation behind its creation. This story made me decide to put a bit more effort ..read more
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Entering a Photo Competition? Consider This Advice
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by Sarah Marino
7M ago
A lovely spiral aloe, referenced in the text below. I have recently served as a judge for a few different photo club competitions (in addition to being a judge for five award seasons with international photo competitions) and continue to see the same issues pop up. Some of the issues are really basic, like dust spots and tilted horizons, while others are far more subjective. With these experiences in mind, I share some advice to consider when you prepare your next competition entry (or magazine submission, gallery show entry, portfolio, or even your next social media post). This article repre ..read more
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Sarah's 2023 Photography Year In Review
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by Sarah Marino
7M ago
In this post, I share some highlights from 2023 along with some reflections on my current creative practices, thoughts about the direction of our photo business, some loose goals for 2024, and a short rumination about AI’s potential impact on my chosen career. If you are mostly here for the photos, you can skip ahead to the middle of the post. Before jumping into the text, I would like to thank you for being part of my photo community. I appreciate each of you and wish you the best for 2024! 2023 Highlights I spent a lot of time photographing, including both my typical nature subjects and a ..read more
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Ron's 2023 Recap
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by Ron Coscorrosa
7M ago
While I am sometimes successful in avoiding cliches in my photographs, I am less successful in avoiding cliches for my blog posts. So here is my version of the yearly recap post! The beginning of the year is a good time to reflect and ruminate on the past year, but since this is the end of the year, I’m going to skip all that and just share some photographs. These are not necessarily my favorite twenty photographs of the year but they are a diverse selection of the places we photographed and visited in 2023, arranged chronologically. The locations include: Death Valley National Park, Anza-B ..read more
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