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Panamint Sunrise by Jordan-Roberts Panamint Sunrise by Jordan-Roberts
Jordan Roberts Photography
Death Valley National Park

A sunrise over the Panamint Range in Death Valley, CA taken from Badwater. Telescope is the highest peak at 11,043 ft right next to Badwater at -282 ft.

This photo went against a lot of my personal tastes with there being no clouds in the sky, however this is substituted to some degree with a sort of "light-diffraction" coming off the mountains. I was torn for a while whether or not to keep this photo so I archived it and recently tried to edit it. I think it turned out pretty well.

One thing you learn with landscape photography throughout the years is to be able to live with the conditions given to you and make the best of them. While in many cases I can go to the beach every single night of my life and eventually end up with a perfect photo, I can't just "go to Death Valley every single night of my life" to get that photo I'm looking for. So, in turn you have to be either very lucky (not much skill required for that), or be able to live with what nature gives you and make the best out of it. And if you can do this then you have learned a lot about being a unique and competent photographer.

While I may not have the photo I was looking for in my mind, I do have a photo nobody else will take; and that is what makes this art.

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Edit: Wow thank you very much for my 4th DD, to be honest this was the last photo I ever imagined getting one. I really do appreciate all the support though! Very shocked!
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Given 2013-09-07
The deviant stated in their Artist Description; "While I may not have the photo I was looking for in my mind, I do have a photo nobody else will take; and that is what makes this art."

Panamint Sunrise by *Jordan-Roberts ( Featured by Anoya )
Anoya Sep 30, 2013   Photographer
I've featured your work here: APN Daily Deviations - August/September 2013! :heart:
Jordan-Roberts Sep 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
Anoya Sep 30, 2013   Photographer
Anytime! =)
Iessika Sep 13, 2013
Simplicity is a wonderful virtue, and I dare say that any addition of clouds in this shot would probably have been too much. One is rather able to appreciate the vastness and the grandeur of the plains and the mountains. The colours once again elevate the image and bring a coolness of the dawn forth.
Jhondurth Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome shoot!
QuiEstInLiteris Sep 7, 2013  Professional Writer
I actually really like that gentle gradient across the sky. The emptiness gives a stark feel, and Death Valley is a stark place. It feels right, to me. 

Your philosophy also is spot on, and I applaud that. All we have is what we are given, but what we are given is unique and useful, and to be valued. 
Jordan-Roberts Sep 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! And it's important to understand that those who are perceived to have more skill in life may just have more luck instead, or that they simply put themselves out there more providing for more opportunities.
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