Hazy days made for difficult photography at Death Valley National Park when I first arrived. The air was dense and the clouds and haze obscured most of the grand views.
On the fourth day I was in luck! The haze finally lifted and there was just enough cloud in the sky to make a photographer happy.
Sometimes waiting for the right light can take days!
I used this opportunity to photograph some of the vivid colours along Artist Drive, a scenic one way loop road with many sharp curves and deep dips.
The entrance to Artist Drive has countless multicoloured rocks that make a striking foreground.
Then you start going up in elevation to a picturesque lookout.
From here you can also look back on Badwater Basin. In the photo below, you can see some of the haze still in the distance.
Then came my favourite section of Artist Drive known as Artist’s Palette where the rocks display many of the same colours I saw at the Valley of Fire but the terrain was more rugged.
I made all of these images handheld. The heat makes me lazy and I was going out with one lens and no tripod, but when there is lots of light and you have a versatile lens like the 24-105L those are corners you can easily cut.