On my way home from Death Valley, I timed my drive north so that I would arrive at Sand Harbor at sunset. This oft photographed lakeside location would, I hoped, be bathed by the same kind of amazing light that we had in our four days in the desert. It was not to be, but I was still happy with the golden light that burst through the dark clouds for an instant.
This is four images bracketed for exposure across the range of light from the highlights in the sky to the darker foreground. They were blended in Photoshop using masks and layers. My thanks to Don Smith for encouraging me to stick to this technique rather than fall back on HDR, which has a much more aritifical look to it.
And, yes, it was pretty cold!
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