I used a two stop hard graduated filter to help control the tonality of this scene. This entry was posted on March 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm and is filed under 8x10, Death Valley, January 2011, Photo Trips, Photography. Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin (... See full summary ». Racetrack Sunset: Ebony RW810 | Nikkor 150mm | Lee 2 Stop Hard GND | Velvia 50 | 2 minutes @ f/45. Zurich launch pad for Swiss films, 12 November 2013 If I was shooting a digital SLR, I don’t think my grad placement would have worked. shyla-m-robinson-1 5 September 2011. A good scan of 4×5 film will print bigger than necessary. Approaching Storm (Feb 2010): Velvia 50 (8×10), Nikkor 150mm, Ebony RW810. Cheers Matt. Death Valley is a 1982 American slasher film starring Paul Le Mat, Catherine Hicks, Stephen McHattie, Wilford Brimley, Peter Billingsley and Edward Herrmann. #DeathValley directed, written by TJ Scott &Brad MacPherson, stars Victoria Pratt, Katrina Law, Lochlyn Munro, Nick E. … Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS). I relied on my notes for positioning the filter, then waited for sunset. The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets These back-to-back storms dropped nearly 4 inches of rain in Death Valley. Moments after taking this photo, the storm swept overhead. In this blog post, I’ll recap my trip, compare it to my 2010 trip, and discuss the lessons I’ve learned. A cool option to have. The UTF is called to a porn shoot when one of the actors goes werewolf on the cast and crew, and Kirsten is sent on werewolf lockdown. I’ll cross my fingers, hope for clouds, and try to scoot those mountains out of the way with camera movements. TV Review: Death Valley (TV Series) (2011) The Undead Task Force (a branch of the LAPD, formed when the San Fernando Valley was overtaken by zombies, werewolves and vampires) must continue to get rid of the monsters and contain them in the valley. Keep up the great work and greetings from the UK. Death Valley is a horror black comedy mockumentary television series broadcast on MTV.The series premiered on August 29, 2011. As an added bonus, the mountains to the north create excellent uplift, which lends nicely to cloud formation. S1, Ep2 5 Sep. 2011 The Badwater Experience ( 2010 vs. 2011) This was my third visit to Death Valley. This was my second visit to Racetrack.   |  I’m know I can eventually find my truck in the dark (find the road, follow it south), but it sure is nice to follow that little arrow in the dark. And a seemingly routine zombie kill in a doughnut shop leads to a death among the TV crew. The above shot was planned after having viewed a sunrise and sunset. They are beautiful, but I have not walked away with a shot I’m satisfied with. After a vampire is killed in a prostitution sting, Billy is kidnapped. After experiencing a great sunset on my second day, I knew my job was done there. Officer Joe Stubeck (12 episodes, 2011) It was a novelty to see so much water in this desert environment. Blog at WordPress.com. The very thought of getting out in nature, and burning some film is beyond words. Can I get away with this on a large print? G You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Placing a grad filter based on notes sounds strange, but it worked for this shot. And a seemingly routine zombie kill in a doughnut shop leads to a death among the TV crew. The fragile salt ridges disolved as water filled the basin. I just had that transparency on my light table today, and it was fun viewing it under a loupe. Digital trickery? Change ). A year ago, vampires, werewolves and zombies mysteriously descended upon the streets of California's San Fernando Valley. Thanks Will! Sadly, I don’t have a very long lens on large format. Genesis is killer, and I think it compliments Approaching Storm in a “aftermath” kind of way. The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets Everything will feel awkward at first, but you’ll get the hang of it soon enough, and it’ll be a matter of muscle memory. Death Valley, TV Series, 2011 Pictures provided by: sandwad2 , antp Display options: Display as images Display as list Make and model Make and year Year Category Importance/Role Date added (new ones first) Episode Appearance (ep.+time, if avail.) I focused my attention on a more pristine area to the north. From a technical standpoint, this photo was difficult. As expected, the salt ridges were gone this year. With Texas Battle, Bryce Johnson, Caity Lotz, Tania Raymonde. My first visit was in March of 2009. Hey Ben, I particularly enjoyed coming back to this post, really nice shots! klaus. Perhaps this will force the large mountain out of view. ( Log Out /  I hadn’t thought about it being a before/after type shot, but that totally works! You brought home some definite winners. It was directed by Dick Richards and written by Richard Rothstein.It centered on a divorcee and her child being stalked by a serial killer after the boy picks up an object that can help tie the killer to his crimes. Indiewire The area just north of Badwater offered far better conditions. When using a digital SLR, I’ll usually have the camera bracket the exposure *just in case*, but often times my first judgment was best. Darwin (2011) Darwin. Bring an extra pair of laces just in case! I made a note of which lens to use, and returned later that day to setup my camera for a sunset/sunrise photo. The barren landscape is used in many scenes to contrast the dilapidated town to great artistic effect and is a constant reminder to how remote and removed these people are from the rest of the world. | It was calm one moment, and the wind was gusting at nearly 50MPH only a few minutes later. cheers I used rear movements to enlarge the rock in this composition. I think I watched about another 10 episodes last night! I just do 8×10 because I like to punish myself. How much would I have to pay to get a 15″x15″ print of Racetrack Sunset, and then have it sent to the UK? Death Valley in Movies and Television. Thank you for a lot of inspirational posts and great images. For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet. Those who decided to stay behind when the silver mine closed down (and even stranger - those that decided to move there afterwards) are profiled in a way that is empathetic to them and their situation but at the same time allows for humorous circumstances. This was my third visit to Death Valley. The surprise came in December when the jet stream dipped south, subjecting southern California to an endless barrage of storms. Trailer Cast & Crew. My first visit was in March of 2009. Hi Ben, I just bought myself a 4×5 Pacemaker Speed Graphic + Aero Ektar 1787mm f2.5 lens for my portraits. 4×5 is honestly all that’s needed these days. Loving Velvia colours. It’s amazing how the same location can yield such different photos. Be prepared! Officer Billy Pierce (12 episodes, 2011) Tania Raymonde. I had some compositional reservations when setting up this shot. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. By all means, give LF a shot. Though not submerged in water, this portion of the salt was moist and reflective. Death Valley is a desert valley in Eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert.It is one of the hottest places on Earth, along with deserts in the Middle East and the Sahara.. Death Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer View All . A year ago, vampires, werewolves and zombies mysteriously descended upon the streets of California's San Fernando Valley. That’s why I spend 10 days at a location. Does this technique work all the time? I used this view to plan my shooting location for this, and future trips (. Medora Movie Review, 23 October 2011 I am new to LF so was searching on YouTube for videos and found you. ( Log Out /  I hoped this would minimize the peak on the left, but I was wrong. If I didn’t post the original photo (below) you likely wouldn’t have noticed this. It’s simple, calm, and completely different from my other shots. I was intrigued by the wonderful yellow light on the horizon, and sketched its relation to the mountain ridge. Death Valley is the dark comedy that follows the cops that capture the monsters, and the camera crew that captures the cops. If I was shooting a digital SLR, I would have used my 2 or 3 stop soft grad. Warping the left side of the photo will surely decrease the sharpness in that region. Thanks Klaus! My second trip, February 2010, coincided with a very wet El Niño weather pattern. The desire to go anywhere but there prompts her to agree to join her brother on a road trip out to Death Valley. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. The story of Darwin itself, along with the lives of the people living there currently are woven together in a way that presents the documentary as a drama filled soap opera. Four strangers on a drunken trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas hit a woman in the desert and must overcome injuries, the elements and each other to survive. Trailers See All. Even though we shoot different subjects I can really appreciate your skill and work. Rent £2.49 Buy £3.49 View in iTunes. Visit Tatooine! Contrary to the teaser message for my Death Valley trip (, Bring a folding chair when photographing the flooded salt flats  —. Synopsis:Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. Salt crystals in the eyelets of my boots sliced through the laces. Thanks Ben, keep up the great work with you videos . The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets Matt. Strong winds can come from nowhere. You’re going to have a lot of fun with the LF camera! The Undead Task Force (UTF) was created to combat the emergence of monsters. It’s a stunning location, but I need to spend more time elsewhere in the park. Yes. We've curated a list of lesser-known films to help you explore the space-time continuum from the comfort of your couch. That year, I saw large amounts of water in the Badwater Basin. "Going Stiff" Gets Lucky in Austin. Officer Carla Rinaldi (12 episodes, 2011) Charlie Sanders. Viewers will be taken to a place they’ve never been before, with MTV’s new horror-comedy “Death Valley.” The scripted series follows the ‘Undead Task Force’ (UTF), a newly formed division of the LAPD, documentary-style, as they capture the monsters that roam the streets of California’s San Fernando Valley. The Inn at Death Valley and the Ranch at Death Valley have provided accommodations for the actors and film crews during the filming of many of these movies or television shows. I visited them in 2009, and found some very nice compositions on the crest of a dune. Trust your instinct. I have printed this photo at 40×50, and I can count the polygons all the way to the horizon. No. They reunite after the son's death, having received a letter asking them to visit five places in Death Valley, which will make the son reappear. I’m really keen on it. If I get on well with LF I may then get a camera with a tiltable back so I can shift perspective of foreground and horizon as you describe. My second trip, February 2010, coincided with a very wet El Niño weather pattern. If you arrive at Racetrack at noon under a barren blue sky, don’t be surprised if you have beautiful clouds at sunset. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The first photo (“Inundated”) features a partially flooded basin. Shooting manual is very rewarding. On 8×10, a hard stop grad becomes a soft grad, and a soft grad becomes nearly invisible. When I return, I’ll use rear movements to make the rock smaller and the mountains larger. The UTF was created just one year before to combat the mysterious appearance of zombies, vampires, and werewolves in California's San Fernando Valley. Those flooded salt flats sure are great for photography. It’s mildly disturbing to have it fail when you’re a mile from your truck on a moon-less night. Documentary, Drama, History, Darwin is a documentary feature about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. (2011) G | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, History. Four strangers on a drunken wedding dash from LA to Vegas hit a mysterious woman in the desert and must overcome injuries, the … As many of you know from my Zion trip, I take careful notes when scouting a location. Ben Horne Photography: Contemporary Large Format Landscape & Nature Photography, It’s best to wear neoprene socks when wading in the water at Badwater. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. ShockYa While this occurs, scientists work to find out what caused the outbreak. After a vampire is killed in a prostitution sting, Billy is kidnapped. I plan on returning next year as well. This year, Badwater proper was a muddy mess. A strong El Niño storm brought more rain to the valley. Valley of Love is a 2015 French film directed by Guillaume Nicloux, starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert.It tells the story of two French people who used to be a couple and had a son 25 years ago. I now have three portfolio shots from Badwater. Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. I was very fortunate to spend 10 days in Death Valley this year. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. From a technical standpoint, this image is absolutely tack sharp from foreground to background. 86 min | Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of … Instead, cracks were visible beneath the shallow water. Great work, entertaining as well! Looking forwards to reading through all your other trips, keep up the good work! These photos suffered technical issues, but I can return to the same location and try again. Many actors have returned again and again to enjoy the luxurious AAA Four Diamond, Inn at Furnace Creek for some necessary rest and relaxation after the filming has completed. I knew where to place the filter, and was able to do so in the afternoon when the ground glass was very bright. I’ll shoot you an email with pricing for this image. Views to the South, West, and East show looming mountains in the background, and that’s not what I wanted. Darwin is a documentary feature about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. Has anyone else had this happen? The series follows the Undead Task Force (UTF), a newly formed division of the LAPD, as they are filmed by a camera news crew documentary-style, as they capture the monsters that roam the streets of San Fernando Valley in California. Don’t limit yourself to Badwater proper. For a sense of scale, look for the road in this photo. 20 Mule Team (1940) 3 Godfathers (1948) I love shooting trips. In the end, I stretched the upper left corner to pull the mountain from view. I also did the Racetrack some time ago. It hasn’t been drum scanned yet, so it would take some time, but I’ll give you all the details. Directed by Eric Appel. I especially love the shot in your flickr account from new years day. This northern view makes the mountains more distant, and places emphasis on the moving rocks. Shooting LF is a very rewarding experience. , Hi Ben – read/watched through the entire DV blog over the last few days and loved every bit of it. Following your blog for the last months, including your Zion trip has made me realize that I miss shooting fully manual. I shot both sunset, and the following sunrise. Needless to say, I’ll be skipping Badwater on my next trip.   |  The distance between my shooting location and the road is one mile! I do think I will have to try large format now :o), Thanks Roger! I questioned my metering decisions, but my first instinct was spot on  — no pun intended. I slid my camera side to side, but this mountain was unavoidable if I wanted a diagonal trail from this rock. DV is such an awesome place. I’m glad you enjoy the shot. Star Wars Tour of Death valley The following list of movie or television film/video productions were either shot on location in or near Death Valley, or, the subject matter/plot includes Death Valley (real or perceived in italics.) Perhaps this is the source of my frustration. Dante’s view affords a magnificent view of Badwater. I went to Badwater a few days before you did this year, and it was great reliving the experience through your blog. ( Log Out /  It still looms over the composition. With Texas Battle, Bryan Callen, Bryce Johnson, Caity Lotz. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The Mesquite dunes have been a major frustration for me. A variety of focal lengths can be used to photograph dunes, but the compression of a long lens gives a layered appearance, and minimizes footprints. Next year, I’ll skip the Mesquite dunes, and spend several days at the Eureka Dunes. Watch Death Valley - Season 1 (2011) Online Free On Solarmovie | 123movies Trailer Watch movie A mockumentary following a police force as they deal with various perpetrators who are mostly supernatural in nature. The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, 27 September 2014 Those clouds are killer! Officer John 'John John' Johnson (12 episodes, 2011) Bryce Johnson. Based on my previous experience, I knew that the northern sky would be most productive. Regular socks are useless after just one use (Boomerang!). Genesis: Velvia 50 | Nikkor 150mm | Ebony RW810. The best part of it all though is that it is real. With a drier than usual weather forecasted for the 2010/2011 winter season, there wasn’t much hope for water at Badwater this year. Though these dunes receive good light at both sunrise and sunset, the sun is much lower on the horizon at sunrise. ScreenDaily You’ll also notice that the rock gets a bit stretched. This results in them getting hopelessly lost in the most stunning, but unforgiving topographical terrain on the planet. When I return to Racetrack next year, I hope to shoot the same rock. I stuck around for two days — which is less time than I prefer to spend at a location. Cops and Zombies. My longest lens is equivalent to about 70mm on a 35mm camera. Guides. Water gathered between the salt ridges, reflecting a colorful sunset. I placed the grad below the horizon – an unconventional way to use a hard grad. I shot many other photos at Badwater this year, but Genesis was my favorite. This northerly view is ideal for both sunrise and sunset, which gives me more opportunities to shoot. A mix of Reno 911 and Zombieland, MTV's new mocumentary Death Valley follows the Undead Task Force. You guessed it… Badwater was filled with water. This next shot ( “Approaching Storm”), shows Badwater as a storm rolled through. Imagine Cops crossed with Shaun of the Dead, and you have the premise for MTV’s new scripted horror comedy Death Valley. Although I didn’t walk away from that trip with any portfolio shots, it was an excellent scouting trip. Directed by Drew Daywalt. 422 likes. On another note, this is the second time my GPS has gone haywire at Racetrack. A large mountain loomed over the left side of my composition. 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