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Photo Opportunities at or near Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park

Photographers travel to Death Valley National Park to photograph barren, alien like landscapes like Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, and the Devil’s Golf Course.  But don’t forget to check out some of the photo opportunities right at the Furnace Creek Resort area.

Red Handprint Furnace Creek Death Valley

Red Handprint Furnace Creek Death Valley

Death Valley has some magnificent landscapes.  Some of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.  Photographers come from all over to witness and photograph the alien looking Death Valley landscapes.

Furnace Creek Ranch is one of the most popular places to stay in Death Valley National Park.  The ranch has comfortable accommodations, a restaurant on the premises, and a golf course.  Furnace Creek is also not too far of a distance from several park attractions. 

Distances to Death Valley Park Attractions from Furnace Creek Ranch

  • Borax Museum – 1.9 miles
  • Zabriskie Point – 4.5 miles
  • Devil's Golf Course – 9.6 miles
  • Badwater Basin – 18 miles
  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dune – 22.5 miles

There are also photo opportunities right at Furnace Creek. Furnace Creek has a park with old engines, wagons, and sheds.  It’s a great place to practice up close and macro photography.   Some of my favorite compositions here are close ups of the wagon wheels, macro shots of the engine gears and other parts, and a red handprint on one of the buildings.

Rusty Engine Gear, Furnace Creek Death Valley

Rusty Engine Gear, Furnace Creek

Death Valley is also a great location for night photography as the night sky is very dark and there is minimal light pollution.  One of the favorite places near Furnace Creek for night photography is at the Borax Museum.  There are several objects that can be used as a foreground in your night sky photographs including the 20 Mule Team Wagon Train and the Steam Tractor.

Palm Trees at Night, Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley

Palm Tree At Night, Furnace Creek Ranch

Night photography can also be done right at furnace creek.  The photo above of the palm trees at night was taken at the Furnace Creek Golf Course. Below are the settings for the photograph.

Camera:  Canon 5D Mark III
Lens:   Canon 24-105mm f4 Lens
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO:  3200
Aperture:   f/4.0
Shutter Speed: 17 seconds
Exposure Compensation: 0

Written by Martin Belan

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