Death Valley Sunset

While on the way from the salt flats to Badwater Basin, the last light of day was shining on the mountains to the East. I remembered it was near full moon and that it would be rising as the sun set. Typically 2 days before the full moon, the moon is rising well before the sun sets. This gives you an opportunity to get some great shots of the moon rise while there is still enough light on the landscape from the setting sun. As we were driving south, I kept looking east to see if I could spot the moon. At times it was difficult because the mountains were very close and blocking distant view. Then while driving, I saw it cresting over the mountain tops and pulled over for a few shots. The longest telephoto I own is a 200mm at this point, so I used it to snap a few shots along the way. They turned out quite nice with the warm light of the sun against the mountains.

The moon rises over the Black Mountains, Death Valley NP, CA © Rob Loughrey


Moonrise over Black Mountains, Death Valley NP, CA © Rob Loughrey


First shots from my trip to OBX

Back down in the Outer Banks for some rest and relaxation. I always try to make some time to get out and capture some images of the area. The moon was full the first night we were here, so I made the most of the first couple of days getting some night shots of the local pier, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Hatteras Island beaches. The first several nights proved pretty good with clear skies for the most part. I went out to one of my usual locations on the sound side and found the dock and pier that I have photographed on previous visits to have been wiped out from the hurricane last summer. The dock was well on its way to being rebuilt but not completed. When I visit this location, I always check with whomever is staying in the rental home to make sure they don’t have an issue with me going out onto the dock. The dock was built by the homeowner and is marked as private use for the renters. I met a very nice lady who happened to be from PA, not to far from where I grew up. It was nice to have some good conversation while I shot a few images and the sun went down. I used a Singh-Ray 3 stop Reverse ND filter to bring in some detail to the setting sun.
Sunset over Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras National Seashore © Rob Loughrey


Sunset over Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras National Seashore © Rob Loughrey