|Badwater salt polygons and |
Don't expect to be alone here in the evenings, but seek solace in the fact that the any crowds are easy to leave behind. How? By simply walking further out into the salt pan. The further you walk, the better the polygons become as you leave the wandering foot prints behind. By the way, evening light is fairly forgiving towards light footprints.
Most likely you will encounter other photographers along your walk, and it is fun to set your tripod up near one for some pleasant conversation and story sharing. Since you will be shooting either north or south and the foot path is east-west, it's pretty difficult to be in each others way.
|Sunset over Badwater salt polygons|
Definitely consider the effects of the salt on your camera gear and clothes. They are very real and corrosive. Refrain from letting any of your camera gear come in direct contact with the salt, and be certain to clean your tripod feet and legs immediately after your shoot. Knee pads and/or a small sitting cloth is also recommended so that you don't have to kneel or sit directly on the salt.
The salt polygons are excellent to photograph in mornings or evenings. Evenings offer afternoon light on the Black Mountains to the east. Mornings offer brilliant light on Telescope Peak and the Panimint Range.
|Early light on the Panimint Range above|
uplifted salt crusts near Badwater.