Death Valley, California • August 31, 2010
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For this week's edition of Time Machine Tuesday, I cast my memory lens back to three years ago and a stop at the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley. The dead trees and bushes on a small rise before the main part of the sand dunes began looked so stark and forbidding, especially in black and white, which was how I was seeing this location in my mind's eye. The harsh, desolate feel to the location made this scene of a young couple traveling with a parent all the more amusing.
This was taken during a trip to Las Vegas for Photoshop World, which is where I am now. If opportunity presents itself, and I have time in my schedule, I love to drive to Vegas instead of fly, as it means a road trip down Highway 395, the beautiful eastern side of the Sierras, the Alabama Hills, and the majestic desolation and vastness of Death Valley. I typically split the drive up into two or three days to leave plenty of time for photography. This year, however, my schedule left no time for a photo road trip.
I will be giving a presentation on Photoshop Masking & Compositing this week at the Peachpit Bookstore on the Expo Show floor on Wednesday September 4th at 4pm. I'll also be showing compositing techniques and answering Photoshop and Lightroom questions at the Bay Photo booth on the Expo floor on Wednesday and Thursday. Stop by and say hello!