Manly Beacon, Death Valley

Death Valley has a forbidding reputation, but the amazing terrain and geology provides many opportunities for the landscape photographer. Keith Wilson recalls his first American road trip to the hottest place on earth

Twenty six years ago this month I made my first trip to the United States. I was to attend a convention in Las Vegas, but decided to fly out a week earlier to San Diego and take in the Southern California coastline. I studied the road map and thought it would be a good idea to drive to Vegas and stop off at Death Valley on the way. I knew Death Valley by reputation: it is officially the hottest place on earth, so winter seemed like a sensible time to visit when daytime temperatures are around 20°C instead of 40°C or more. In fact...

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Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is the founder of both Outdoor Photography and Black + White Photography magazines and former editor of Amateur Photographer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and on-line tutor in travel photography at My Photo School.

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