Spring at Valley of Fire State Park

Spring at Valley of Fire State Park is a wonderful time to visit!  The wildflowers are in bloom and so are the beavertail cactus.

Wildflowers at Valley of Fire

Wildflowers at Valley of Fire

beavertail cactus

beavertail cactus

Valley of Fire flowers

Valley of Fire flowers

Wildflowers on Valley of FIre Highway

Wildflowers on Valley of FIre Highway

Valley of Fire Wildflowers

Valley of Fire Wildflowers

Valley of FIre Highway

Valley of FIre Highway

Road to Valley of Fire State Park

Road to Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Beavertail at Valley of Fire

Beavertail at Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire Events

OVERTON, Nev.– A wide variety of programs and guided hikes are offered this November.  All events are free of charge, but entrance into the park is $10 per vehicle; Nevada residents receive a $2 discount. Programs and hikes may change due to weather and staffing. All events are open to the public.

November 2: Fire Wave Trail Guided Hike

Take a guided hike with a ranger to one of Valley of Fire’s most popular rock formations, “Fire Wave.” During this 1.5 mile roundtrip hike, a ranger will provide information about the geology of the area and the local plants and wildlife that call it home. Please wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water.  Participants will meet at the Visitor Center and then proceed to the trailhead.

            WHEN: Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

            WHERE: Meet at the Visitor Center located at 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV 89040.  Park is      approximately 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15, exit 75.

November 9: Atlatl Demonstration

Join a ranger to learn about the atlatl, its history in the Southwest and how exactly it was used. A demonstration is included and participants can try throwing an atlatl on their own.

            WHEN: Saturday, November 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

            WHERE: Atlatl Rock picnic area located at 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV 89040.  Park is approximately 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15, exit 75.

November 23: Guided Petroglyph Hike

Tour Mouse’s Tank trail and observe the more than 800 petroglyphs. The ranger will provide information about the processes used for dating and interpreting petroglyphs. Wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water.

            WHEN: Saturday, November 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

            WHERE: Mouse’s Tank trailhead located at 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV 89040. Park is approximately 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15, exit 75.

November 30: Children’s Ancient Arts and Crafts

Children of all ages will enjoy fun crafts and activities, such as making rain sticks, drawing petroglyphs, and more.

            WHEN: Saturday, November 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

            WHERE: Atlatl Rock picnic area located at 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV 89040. Valley of Fire State Park is approximately 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15, exit 75.

CONTACT: Chris Johnson, 702-397-2088, vofinterpranger@mvdsl.com

Valley of Fire Road Shot

Valley of Fire State Park

Rams at Valley of Fire

Rams at Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire Rams

Valley of Fire Rams

Valley of Fire Sunset

Valley of Fire Sunset

Valley of Fire-Scenic Drive

Valley of Fire-Scenic Drive

 

Valley of Fire HDR Photography

Valley of Fire HDR photography is not only a lot of fun to do, but you can get some awesome results!  Anywhere in the park can be a great place to get some fantastic images to work with.  A day with some clouds is definitely a bonus.

HDR explained:  High dynamic range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of methods used in imaging and photography, to allow a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter.

In simpler terms, HDR is a range of methods to provide higher dynamic range from the imaging process. Non-HDR cameras take pictures at one exposure level with a limited contrast range. This results in the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, depending on whether the camera had a low or high exposure setting. HDR compensates for this loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together to produce a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

HDR is also commonly used to refer to display of images derived from HDR imaging in a way that exaggerates contrast for artistic effect. The two main sources of HDR images are computer and merging of multiple low-dynamic-range (LDR) or standard-dynamic-range (SDR) photographs.  Tone mapping methods, which reduce overall contrast to facilitate display of HDR images on devices with lower dynamic range, can be applied to produce images with preserved or exaggerated local contrast for artistic effect.

Each photo below was created from a series of 7 identical images shot at 7 different exposures and imported into Photoshop and merged into one HDR image.

Valley of Fire Arch HDR

Valley of Fire Arch

Trey Tomsik, Las Vegas Photographer-Elephant Arch HDR

Elephant Rock at Valley of Fire State Park

Trey Tomsik, Las Vegas Photographer-The Cabins HDR

The Cabins at Valley of FIre State Park

Trey Tomsik, Las Vegas Photographer-Arch at Valley of Fire HDR

Arch at Valley of Fire State Park

Trey Tomsik, Las Vegas Photographer-Valley of Fire HDR

Valley of Fire

Trey Tomsik, Las Vegas Photographer-Valley of Fire Road Photo

Valley of Fire Road

Valley of Fire Photography

Valley of Fire Photography

Valley of Fire Photo

Valley of Fire Photo

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire HDR Photography

Valley of Fire HDR Photography

Trey Tomsik Photographer, Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

All photos courtesy of Tomsik Photography