Low Sun Angle Landscapes

I’m now back home, after a couple of weeks on the road. The main goal of the trip was to get some training and practice on a new (to me) technology that I’m looking forward to employing in my nature photography. More on that later, but on the way home I stopped and camped for 2 nights in one of my favorite national parks … the Badlands NP, in South Dakota.

I was hoping to capture some night sky images over the Badlands landscape, but the conditions were just not what I needed to get some good images. On the first evening, the sky was clouded over and I even experienced a late night rain shower. On the second night, the skies were clear. But the moon was so bright that the Milky Way was too washed out for images.

But I managed some daytime images, particularly around sunrise and sunset. Here are a couple of my favorites.

During the late afternoon, while the sun was beginning to set in the western sky, I captured this typical, Badlands landscape as the sun, low in the sky, fell across the landscape:

Badlands NP

And on my final morning, as I drove out of the park, I again had some nice color on some of the Badlands landscape, as the sun began rising above the horizon:

Badlands NP

Coming up, more images to process and post.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6, IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/15 sec. and 1/25 sec.

 

 

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  • Alma

    Hi Jim! Glad to see you back and posting photos again! Question: When you are doing landscape vs macro or close up shots, do you use any type of filter such as UV or Polarizing? I don’t see it listed in the equipment used section of your posts and was wondering about this. Thanks! Alma

  • Hi Alma! You’ll have to e-mail me about your recent Alaska trip and let me know how it went, and if you were able to see the eclipse.
    Regarding the filters, I usually don’t use filters. I never use UV filters. Occasionally, I will use a polarizer, and when shooting running water, I often will use Neutral Density filters to slow down my shutter speed (to get the “silky” look of running water). A polarizing filter for landscapes or plants can help saturate the colors, but they tend to be a bit of a hassle to work with, so I normally don’t.
    Great to hear from you! Jim