I explored Death Valley for a few days right before Photoshop World. The photo above was taken in an area known as Bad Water. That’s Randy Van Duinen posing under the 119° sun.
This is a three-shot HDR image that has been further processed in Photoshop. Here’s what the image would have looked like if I used a single shot and processed it with default settings in Camera Raw:
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