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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