The day came when I was finally able to make it to Death Valley. I was excited, but a long drive from LA turned into a long night in a packed camp ground. It was Labor day weekend and you would have thought it was Disneyland with as many people there were. All of the tent sites were full, so I set up camp in the RV lot. Me, in my one person tent sandwiched between two behemoth RVs on a cement parking lot made for a less then ideal "retreat" from the city.
PRO TIP: Don't go to a national park on a 3 day weekend without a reservation.
It was 4am when I packed up to hit the trail, I couldn't lay awake any longer breathing diesel fumes, I needed to beat the sun to my first location. After a full day of shooting, the night before disappeared from my mind and I was enjoying the moment.
This shot was one of the last that I took before I drove home. I was just off of Badwater RD and It was shot with a Canon 60D at 1/125sec at F8 125ISO. It was edited in Adobe Lightroom.
You have to work for your shots. It doesn't matter if it's unruly people or nature putting it's self in your way, it's your job to get the shot. Remember why you're there, you love photography, so all the rest is just the price you pay to do the thing you love.