Mud Cracks in Death Valley

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  1. Travis Rhoads

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    Wandering the mud cracks in Death Valley was a completely new experience for me. The shapes were everywhere, finding the right ones to use as foreground elements was a true challenge. We had flagged some during scouting, and some we just stumbled upon while trying to find a place to shoot sunset...to know that they are all different now makes the images we captured unique...and it gives me a good excuse to go back!

    #1: Muddy Puzzles
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    #2: Sunrise on the Mud Flats
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    #3: Missing Pieces
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    #4: Fresh Mud
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    I found myself doing so many vertical orientation images on that trip, so much more than usual, and living at 16mm...
     
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    Fun set Travis - I do like all of them but in particular #1 and #3. Very nice clouds in #4. Well seen.
     
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    All are nice, but together they really show the variety you can get with different light - all you need is a mid day full sun shot!
     
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    Thanks Alan. #1 was probably my favorite mud crack image from the trip. I am working on another one from that session, just not done yet. #3, those cracks were past their prime, and being stomped on, but I really liked the layers of textures in it...so I stopped and spent some time there.
     
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    Thanks Jim...

    Mid day sun you say...like this!
    ConnectTheCracks-POTN.jpg
     
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    Love this series Travis, especially 1 and 3.
     
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    Thanks Ben. Mud cracks were a big focus of our trip...so it was fun to come away with a nice variety.
     
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    Travis,
    This is a fantastic set. I've never photographed the mud flats out there...must find em
     
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    Thank you Sunny. Much like the patterns in the sand dunes, the cracks change and move, especially after the rains they got this February. Finding them is half the fun!
     
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    Just an awesome series Travis! I don’t think I have seen this full set before from you. They certainly look great, and #1 is an easy favorite though the midday one you added is sure really cool too.

    Your #4 is the closest looking to what I could find when I was there last time. I think the mud cracks are harder too find, have short life spans and so are much more difficult to get the salt polygons in Badwater.
     
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    Thanks Jim, I have posted them all between FB and IG at some point since the trip...but I can't expect anyone to remember that but me!:)

    #4 was the closest to the road, and the easiest to get to...and it was one we found walking back...and then the sky lit up for an encore...so I had to stop and make the other guys wait for me....they had to, I had the keys...the mud cracks are certainly more spread out in the park, and not concentrated, and finding them isn't easy, and people tend to keep the hard to find ones secret...and for good reason. We saw a group just trampling on them and not being considerate...which was a shame.
     
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    Well that is mighty kind of you Jim, thanks!
     
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    these are stunning! you've really captured some beautiful shapes and textures in the ground.

    congrats on being the featured post.
     
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    Nice set, Travis. #1 is my favorite.
     
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    Great series! It's assumed that dried mud led stone aged man invent pottery
     
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    Nice set, Travis (including your long exposure b&w)! Must have been fun wandering around, looking at patterns.
     
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    Wow! I love all of these too and the B&W!!
     
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    I like the first one and the last one the most, these are pretty nice and thought provoking.
     
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    Beautiful set, Travis, and congrats for the Daily Feature! :) Best regards,

    Vieri
     
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