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Sunrise - Vista del Malpais, Anza Borrego Badlands

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 5 April 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

When I was down in Anza Borrego I spent a day with another photographer who had a four wheel drive, which allowed us to get back on the sandy desert washes. We rose at dawn and drove to the Vista del Malpais, which affords a view of the badlands from the back - the opposite view from that which you get at Fonts Point.

It was magical to watch the sun move across the rocks - the color and shadows changed every moment. Ten minutes, and it was all over. Just proves the point - again - that we gotta rise super early to get the good pictures. It's worth it!

NIKON D90 2 seconds F/16.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Beautiful colours.

5 Apr 2010 6:31am

Maureen Dixon from El Cerrito, United States

Barbara, your work is exquistite! I just went through your photo gallery and am breathless. Count me as one of your fans!

5 Apr 2010 2:38pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

What a beautiful landscape and colors, realy fantastic!!

5 Apr 2010 3:22pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Spectacular Barbara, really special.

5 Apr 2010 5:09pm

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Fantastic scenery, lights and colors brilliant. Good day.

5 Apr 2010 8:41pm

David from Detroit, United States

Once again, your color is fantastic. There is a real sense of space and distance as the badlands stretch toward the mountains, giving way to the grasslands.

6 Apr 2010 12:53am

@David: David, I am glad you noticed the grasslands in the distance. Maybe wildflowers! The desert is, indeed, a magical place. I was lucky to have been able to get out there - my car would never have made it. A 4WD is the only way to go!

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful landscape! great light and composition and wonderful tonal range across the frame - nice work!

6 Apr 2010 2:22am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Magical is the rite word for the view. Awesome is the word for this shot

6 Apr 2010 5:01am

@MK: Why, thank you MK. What a flattering commentary!

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

amazing terrain! breathtaking

8 Apr 2010 6:03am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan


13 Apr 2010 1:17pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

What a view!

11 May 2010 11:06am

2 seconds
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)