Valley of Fire State Park is located about 45 minutes from Las Vegas. The rock patterns and colors here rival those found anywhere in the Southwest. We love to visit Valley of Fire on our way to catch a red-eye out of Las Vegas. It’s close enough that we don’t have to worry about missing our flight, but it seems like a whole different world. I took this shot on our first visit to the park – we were on our way home after teaching a workshop in Utah and Arizona. After shooting the crazy spectacular sunset, we changed out of out hiking clothes, packed up our gear, and headed for the airport.
Because of the uneven terrain, I decided not to use a GND filter. Instead, I bracketed the exposure, and checked my histogram to make sure I had all the detail I needed. I used our iHDR workflow to blend three bracketed shots for the finished image. I chose this angle to highlight the unusual ridges in the foreground.