PODCAST 70: Cracks, Badwater, Milky Way, Racetrack Playa & the Photog Adventures Curse in Death Valley

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We spend a week in Death Valley with Jeff Pedersen and Tim McGowen doing Landscape Photography and Milky Way Photography over cracks, Badwater, Mesquite Sand Dunes, Charcoal Kilns and Racetrack Playa.

In classic Photog Adventure style the curse lives on.

February Milky Way Photography turns out to be fantastic just crazy brief and over the distant light bloom of Las Vegas. We talk about the challenges of really near foreground subjects in Milky Way Photography and remembering to focus stack!

Show notes coming to PhotogAdventures.com/ep70 soon! But I wanted to get this podcast out ASAP so I will have to beg your patience as I add it later today!

Check out our upcoming Workshops here: photogadventures.com/adventures/

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  1. In your podcast, you note that someone was flying around in a powered parachute or some similar craft and lament about the double standard with UASs. A couple of items to note. First, Death Valley is one of the only national parks in the lower 48 that has an active landing strip for piloted aircraft. The FAA recommends that that aircraft remian 2000 feet agl except for take offs and landings. Again a recommendation, but most responsible pilots follow it. Second, the NPS actually has no jurisdiction over the airspace above the park—that falls under the purview of the FAA. The park can control things that happen on the ground, however, such as launching drones. Technically you can fly a drone over the park if it is launched from outside the park boundaries and the flight follows all the FAA rules (400 feet, line of sight, etc). One couldnt meet the recommended 2000 feet agl, however. It might be a double standard, but I for one would rather see the occasional aircraft than a constant swarm of drones everywhere in our parks. Best regards, I enjoy the podcast.

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      Wow this is really good information! I guess it makes perfect sense. I see your point and others who make the same argument about having a sky full of drones. But our hope is that if parks make it a permit thing then we can prevent a swarm of drones ever filling the skies and people will barely even know they are there.

      Thanks for the reply and letting us know about this! I am glad you love the podcast and hope you keep enjoying it! 😀 -Aaron

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