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    Best Death Valley photographer?

    I'm just back from a week in Death Valley and so the thought occurs to me: Who is the best Death Valley photographer?

    O.K., let's broaden that a bit--who is your favorite Great Basin/Mojave/Sonoran desert photographer in any format?

    I'm especially interested in hearing about photographers who really capture the sense of place in the desert rather than those who go for a more dramatic vision (e.g. greatly exaggerated near/far relationships, hyper color, everything shot at sunrise/sunset).

    Who should I be looking at?

    --Darin

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    Re: Best Death Valley photographer?

    I'm just back from a week in Death Valley and so the thought occurs to me: Who is the best Death Valley photographer?
    I am, of course. And now you are, too.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Lake Deposits, Death Valley, CA_16x20.jpg   Canyon, Death Valley, CA_16x20.jpg   20 Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley, CA_16x20.jpg   Windpocket, Eureka Valley Sand Dunes, CA_16x20.jpg  

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    Re: Best Death Valley photographer?

    Just search death valley on Flickr and you'll come up with thousands of good images that capture the sense of place in the desert. Artistic wise I like the death valley images of Edward Weston.

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    Re: Best Death Valley photographer?

    These and the above images are just scans of my older 16x20 silver gelatin prints from 4x5 negatives...non of my more recent 8x10 work )pt/pd and carbon).
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Ice Ridge, Eureka Valley Sand Dunes, CA_16x20.jpg   Eureka Valley Sand Dunes, Death Valley, CA_16x20.jpg   Cliff Face, Death Valley, CA_16x20.jpg  

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    Re: Best Death Valley photographer?

    I'd be curious to see the work of any prospector/desert rat from turn of the century (1900) who might have directed his (or her but doubt it) camera on the terrain... You know, for the perspective of someone who lived the desert lifestyle.

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    Re: Best Death Valley photographer?

    Bill Ratcliffe, Orem, Utah. Bill worked in Death Valley for more than 30 years. His job was at Dugway Proving Grounds where he would go and work and then take off to Death Valley -driving at night to be there for Sunrise. Would shoot all weekend and drive back to Dugway for work on Monday. He did this a numer of weeks through the years, interspersed with longer trips to the Valley. He has passed on now and his wife, Nelda Ratcliffe, has given much of his work to the Death Valley Association.

    Bill worked with an old Burke and James 5x7 with 4x5 back. He bought it after WWII with a 10 inch Commercial Ektar lens and six film holders. He shot in his area and processed the film by hand after dark in his basement. He did this for years and produced a coffee table book UTAH, as well as having 13 covers for Audubon magazine and providing images for a number of books. He did some workshops with Joe VanOs and the Audubon Society.

    A quiet man, very talented and creative. His photos are excellent as was his wood carving. When younger he did a Boy Scout movie project in his fathers basement in Orem, Utah. It was of a squirril. Someone provided a copy to Walt Disney - who called and hired Bill to do cinematography and the movie became Perry, the Flying Squirril - marketed by Disney. Bill worked for Disney for some time - shooting 4x5 chromes on and off til he moved back to his hometown in Orem, Utah where he stayed. All the time there shooting 4x5 with one camera, one lens and producing some excellent work.

    A good friend and one of the best photographers I have ever had the pleasure to know.

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    Re: Best Death Valley photographer?

    This is a very short list so far! Anyone else?

    --Darin

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    Re: Best Death Valley photographer?

    For color work, I'd say Ben Horne.
    http://benhorne.wordpress.com/

    He really puts in the effort to come away with shots, and best bit of it all is that he records his efforts in video and probably has the best series of landscape photography videos on the web. He really does a nice quality job and his photographs are also excellent.

    -DP

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    Re: Best Death Valley photographer?

    Ansel Adams and Jack Dykinga
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    Re: Best Death Valley photographer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Vuillemenot View Post
    Jack Dykinga
    Did I mention the hyper-color issue?

    --Darin

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