My 3hrs in Death Valley
And the impending trip back there
Take the LONG WAY home
I try to take the Long and Scenic Roads.
Short Cuts mean nothing unless there are a lot of great pictures along the way.
Big Highways are often the enemy. They are what people drive on at night or because they hate photography.
I think you underestimate just how many Travel Pictures I take every year. Not just slightly underestimate… but crazy underestimate.
I have driven 31k miles so far this year. I rarely drive at night and I am up at sunrise almost every time and go until sunset.
If I had simply driven straight to my locations I’m guessing the number would be closer to 25k miles this year.
I drive far out of my way to visit places.
And I fancy myself the world most prolific and experience Drive By Shooter to boot.
I can take tons of travel pictures … but paid gigs, like weddings, take first place in the editing.
So that’s what people will continue to mostly see for the time being.
This set of pictures represent my 3hrs I had in Death Valley when driving back from a wedding in California last november.
There is a couple taken just outside of Death Valley on the long and lonely road back to Utah.
My style is pretty different… I push myself to take pictures at all times of the day and in all sorts of less than ideal situations.
I took hundreds in those 3hrs… many of them were crap if you’re talking fine art and highly experimental and documentive in nature.
You’ll notice that when i’m “Driving through” that there will be a decent amount of pictures of the road itself.
Me and the Road bond.
(Aka The Death Trip 😉
These pictures represent a few pictures taken on the drive home from California to Utah. It took just a few hours to drive through the Valley of Death and now one would expect I can get a better assortment if I were to spend a little bit more time.
Well as it turns out I’m gonna head over there for 3 days. That’s about 20 times longer as my last trip.
COME GET YOUR DEATHLY PICTURES
So since I’m gonna be there so long I’m thinking of what all I could do.
I wish there were a bunch of people there so I could throw in a bunch of portraits while I’m out there.
I wanna call the set the “Deathly Pictures” or “Photographers in Death” or “Barren of Life”… we’ll see.
But where to find people in such a desolate place.
Too bad there isn’t a group of friends out there.
It’s not like I’ve been included in a list or something of like 50 other photographers going from California.
Of course as far as I know it’s just me for now. I’m on a list by myself.
I mean if I were on a big list I wouldn’t want to just be just “a number” and stuff…
I’d need to be a Cool number… Jarvie insists of the coolest number available… a cool looking number full of awesomeness. number 1 Billion is pretty cool.
#1,000,000,000 – SCOTT JARVIE
What I would bring to the table
If there were people willing to come out there for a few days I could probably:
- Take a small but good set of Portraits of every single person with some cool Off Camera Flash work.
- I could probably even surprise them with a Jarvie Window picture or two.
It’s a photo vacation and I don’t want it to seem like work… but I do love taking pictures of people.
So bring a good outfit or two.
Make it Happen
Personally I’ll be there the 18th-20th-ish of November
(I’ll come back when I feel like it) This is like the longest i’ve staying in one area taking pictures for a long time.
Maybe there are some Google Plus people wanting to go. 😉
You can too
So now you all wanna come!
Do it… I think the Valley can accomodate like at least 2-3 dozen people at a time!
I bet my memory card could handle that many portraits as well.
So bring your eye patches, your tutus, your frilly dresses, your Ferraris and your llamas we gonna shoot people to Death.
(One would assume the play on words would be a lot easier than it has been for me)
Let them Eat Cake
So come get your Cake… aka Portraits for all! Jarvie Windows for all… and smiles from yours truly for all.
Update: I figured it out… we should be called *The Death Squad!* — That’s rockin!!
(Below) A near bye city
(Above) This was in the middle of no where in Nevada about 2hrs outside of Death Valley