Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Valley Of Fire

Some months back I went on a terrific workshop whose focus was Death Valley, but we also made a stop in Valley Of Fire State Park in Nevada, where I had an opportunity to make some photos during an amazing sunset.

Color. color. It's a sunset and it's about color.  Maybe so, but I still enjoy the black and white version more. Black and white can be like that.....grabbing you when logic calls for color.  For me this was one of those times.  What do you think?  Of course, there is no right answer!


Valley Of Fire Sunset, Black And White    © Howard Grill

Valley Of Fire Sunset, Color    © Howard Grill

Sunset In The Valley Of Fire

After spending the first evening of the recent Death Valley Workshop I attended photographing some remarkable architecture in Las Vegas (more of that in upcoming posts), our group made our way to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.  We spent almost two days photographing this surreal landscape, but I do believe one could easily have spent the whole week photographing here. 

One thing that was quite remarkable at this location was the color of the twilight sky. It was a deep blue hue that I have not often seen.  And the warm light at a low angle during sunset and sunrise seemed to make the landscape light up with a fiery orange color. Oh, maybe that's why they call it Valley of Fire!

Sunset in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada   © Howard Grill