Working the Scene - Death Valley National Park, California

Zabriskie Point

Sometimes landscape photographers forget that it is important to give a scene some sense of scale. I know that I am often guilty of that myself. We become so enamored with the beauty and magnificence of a location, we assume our resulting photos will convey what we are seeing to the viewer. Don't get me wrong, viewers often do get the beauty through our photos, but what they don't always appreciate is their scale. Placing a recognizable element in the scene will easily remedy that situation. When I saw my great friend Jaki Good Miller working the scene down the trail at Zabriskie Point last December morning, I knew she would be the perfect addition to bring the scale of this iconic location to life.