Fun with Mud

This shot was taken in Death Valley in late afternoon. I would give you the location, but I was most likely lost, confused, and wandering (It gets hot out there).

Mud 1Mud 1 – Death Valley National Park, California, USA

copyright 2012 O. Bisogno Scotti Β All Rights Reserved.

Nikon D1XΒ DSLR,Β AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, Manfrotto 3221 tripod, Manfrotto 3047 head.



10 thoughts on “Fun with Mud

  1. If you hadn’t titled this photo Fun with Mud, I’d instantly think this was a lonely, desolate place. I prefer to look at it in the form of a texture, not a place. So, saying that, I really like the texture.

    Dawn πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Dawn. I’m the type of guy who manages to have fun even in lonely, desolate places! πŸ™‚

      Actually your vision is very close to mine. I isolated the mud by the bounds of the frame making it no particular place, I envisioned it more as an abstract form, the design and texture drawing me to it.


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  2. Mud? It looks like chocolate πŸ˜†
    I want to reach out and touch them! This photo has such depth! {I hope I can achieve this
    effect some day}
    I am intrigued by the shading on the edges of some of the pieces, was that because of the angle {especially the ones at the top left of the photo}, your flash, from the exposure to the sun or because you were at ground level?
    I also like the lighter shades of mud and light showing in between the cracks.
    The texture appears to change the further away the pieces are especially in the top left corner how/why would that happen?
    Were the cracks deep, they look like they are?
    It must have been hard to walk on. Couldn’t you have followed your steps back the way you came? How far in were you to be lost?

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    • The larger the angle of the light source (in this case the sun) to the subject, the more texture you will get. I waited for the sun to go close to the horizon. This time of day also makes colors much warmer.

      These images were captured on a salt flat so when the mud dried and cracked, the salt settled on the edges of each piece of mud making a salt ring. The low angle of the sun brought this out perfectly. The cracks were about six inches deep.

      I took my 4×4 Xterra off the main highway aprox. five miles down a path/wash, then got out and hiked another mile and a half. I did not step on the mud. It was too beautiful to destroy. I set up on the edge of it. Yeah, I get lost, but it’s a controlled kind of lost. πŸ™‚ When I begin a hike, I look for a distinctive landmark as a reference point and then look for that on the way back.

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