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National park photo ops: At Badwater, get low and shoot wide

National park photo ops: At Badwater, get low and shoot wide
Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park features salt flats that are 282 feet below sea level. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Unique salt structures form in Death Valley National Park's Badwater Basin, where water combines with natural salt deposits at 282 feet below sea level.

I used a low camera angle, mounted on a small tripod, and a wide angle lens, focusing on the foreground just after sunrise. I exposed and focused on the salt formations in the foreground and let the background over-expose. Then I waited for a visitor to walk onto the horizon, giving scale to the picture. 

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In honor of this year's National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips that staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We'll post one per day through Dec. 31.

Follow Reynolds on Twitter: @MrCSReynolds

See travel videos by Reynolds from around the world.

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