Death Valley bearable this time of year for night photography?

11 months 3 weeks ago #610311 by Kyle O
When does Death Valley become bearable from a temperature standpoint?  I'm very temperature sensitive and don't do well with extreme heat.  

Also is the Milky Way visible there this time of year too?  


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11 months 3 weeks ago #610314 by garyrhook
You can use an app to determine when the good part of the Milky Way is visible, but basically you're at the tail end of the prime time, I think.

As for temperature, I'd suggest spring (March). The Milky Way shows up in the early morning hours, I think. The NPS has info about Death Valley here:

www.nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/weather-and-climate.htm

And a lot depends upon altitude and time of day.


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11 months 3 weeks ago #610320 by Tim Burg
Looks like in a few weeks it should start to be really nice there




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11 months 3 weeks ago - 11 months 3 weeks ago #610328 by effron
Bearable, but the Milky Way "core" is nearly gone until March or so, for us northern hemisphere dwellers....

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11 months 3 weeks ago #610430 by Farestad
All correct above, you'll want to get as close as you can to March.  You'll have a small window before the weather starts getting hot there again. 

This link might help you out:   www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

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11 months 3 weeks ago #610471 by Cara Wilkins
Oh my, that gets HOT there!


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11 months 3 weeks ago #610479 by fmw
One of my favorite photographic venues.  Weather there is outstanding in November so now is good.  My shooting there has been daytime, sunset or dusk.  I have no advice about shooting the galaxy.  Have fun.


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11 months 3 weeks ago - 11 months 3 weeks ago #610510 by effron

Cara Wilkins wrote: Oh my, that gets HOT there!


The last time I was there it was late August the day temps were around 110f, but the nights weren't too bad, actually enjoyable. I'm guessing around ninety, but much cooler by morning.
Its a lot about acclimation too.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #610530 by Steve Zahra
Photographing the moving rocks is on my photography bucket list.  Speaking of which, how accessible is this location?


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11 months 3 weeks ago #610532 by Steve Zahra

fmw wrote: One of my favorite photographic venues.  Weather there is outstanding in November so now is good.  My shooting there has been daytime, sunset or dusk.  I have no advice about shooting the galaxy.  Have fun.


Love the colors here!! 


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11 months 3 weeks ago #610581 by fmw

Steve Zahra wrote:
Love the colors here!! 

So do I.  And there are colors all over this desert.  It is a very interesting place.


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11 months 3 weeks ago #610719 by Nancy Hait

fmw wrote: One of my favorite photographic venues.  Weather there is outstanding in November so now is good.  My shooting there has been daytime, sunset or dusk.  I have no advice about shooting the galaxy.  Have fun.


Beautiful!  


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11 months 3 weeks ago #610943 by Pettigrew
January will be your best bet

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11 months 3 weeks ago #611097 by Ben Vanderbilt
Very good clip on photographing Dealth Valley, I like this guys work.



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11 months 2 weeks ago #611442 by Prago
You this guy makes some good points, most will want to go wide while here.  But you can't over look the zoom lens opportunities.  

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