Death Valley – Part 1

I won’t go too much into what Death Valley is, since you can read all about it right here. This was my first time in Death Valley and I absolutely loved it! It was only a single day trip, but definitely a full and busy one :)

I got there late at night and stayed at the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, which is also a hotel. Man, the place was spooky!

Amargosa Opera House #1

NIKON D700 @ 26mm, ISO 200, 5/1, f/13.0

Amargosa Opera House #3

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 30/1, f/13.0

The hallway was scary and I was hoping not to see a ghost of some kind in there…

Amargosa Opera House #2

NIKON D700 @ 35mm, ISO 200, 8/1, f/16.0

My room was #10, right next to the empty frame. Don’t know what the story is behind the people in the pictures, but it looked like they were generations of people who owned the place. I’m assuming that they reserved the empty frame for the next in line…

Amargosa Opera House #4

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 6/1, f/13.0

After sleeping only for a couple of hours, I got out of the place at around 4:30 AM and I’m glad I did! I don’t know if I would stay there again, although the room and the sheets were clean.

In about 30-45 minutes, I arrived to Zabriskie Point, where I was planning to photograph the sunrise. I’m glad that I started there, because I got some really nice panoramic shots of Zabriskie Point:

Zabriskie Point at Sunrise

NIKON D700 @ 35mm, ISO 200, 1/50, f/10.0

Zabriskie Point

NIKON D700 @ 50mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/10.0

And some regular shots:

Zabriskie Point #1

NIKON D700 @ 27mm, ISO 200, 1/40, f/10.0

Zabriskie Point #2

NIKON D700 @ 70mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/10.0

After which, we headed out to Badwater.

Badwater Basin

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/80, f/10.0

I was hoping for some white salt, but instead got this:

Badwater Ground

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/11.0

Afterwards, I found out that the surface changes throughout the year and it was like this because of the hot summer. Anyway, I still looked around and found a nice spot with some water:

Badwater with water

NIKON D700 @ 27mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/11.0

The rest of the story will be in Part 2 tomorrow, so stay tuned!


  1. 1) Asrorbek Toshev
    December 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Very interesting hotel. Photos are superb!

    • December 4, 2009 at 2:26 pm

      Asrorbek, thank you! I will post some more pics later today :)

  2. 2) jayron
    December 7, 2009 at 10:17 am

    haunted placeslani yoqtirsez, Winnipeg(Manitoba)da Fort Garry Hotel bor mashxur. O’shatta postoyanno ghostlani ko’rishadi. Hatto hukumat odamlariniyam kechasi qo’rqitib qoyishgan. Yangiliklarda kursatib turishadi:))

  3. 3) Dmitriy Pantyukhin
    December 30, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Careful, Careful with that Axe, Eugene :) shhhhh

  4. 4) Dmitriy Pantyukhin
    December 30, 2009 at 9:45 am
    • December 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm

      That scene is awesome! Boom boom boom with beautiful music :)

      Can you imagine if they shot those scenes with the current super high speed cameras?

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