The Milky Way over Zabriskie Point with Panamint Range glowing in distance, Mojave Desert. The moon was waning at 1/4 phase, providing perfect ambient light balanced with the starry night. Three exposure double processed and blended together for a panoramic format. Localized white balance adjustments to maximize chroma tones embedded from within.
Some tips on taking shots like this...
Pre focus at infinity, and using gaffers tape, lock down the focus.
Set your white balance at a custom 6500 or so.
Minimize use of live view to keep the sensor from heating up and creating extra read noise.
Shoot 2 exposures, one for the sky, one for the landscape.
Double process the images with different white balances. Had I used the sky white balance on the landscape, it would be heavily casted yellow.
In some area's these and other wildflowers will cover the desert floor. Last time this occurred was 11 years ago in 2005. Unfortunately these flowers will be here only a very short time. Normally Death Valley receives less than 2 inches of rain annually but last year they got an abundance of rain and this is what causes the super blossoms of wildflowers.
This flower was found East on Hwy 190 Death Valley just past Panamint Springs, California.
I believe this one flower is called "Notch-Leaf Phacelia". If so, do not touch Phacelia, as they cause skin rash.