Moving Into Night – Badlands

Today’s post features the magnificent nighttime skies that are prevalent over the Badlands of South Dakota. Immediately after the sun began setting, I moved to another location and captured the transitioning skies:

Sunset begins, over the Badlands:

Sunset over the Badlands NP

As the sun sets, the clouds above took on the hues of the sunset:

Transitioning into Night at the Badlands NP

Transitioning into Night at the Badlands

Transitioning into Night at the Badlands

A short time later, the northern sky began to twinkle above me:

Early night sky over the Badlands

When it became a bit darker, I captured a series of 5-minute exposures and combined them together to get this star trails image, with Polaris (the North Star) in the center of the trails:

Star Trails of the night sky at the Badlands

Looking to the south, a glimpse of the fading Milky Way stretched out over the southern skies:

Milky Way in the Badlands

Night photography has become one of my passions over the past couple of years and I enjoy not only the peacefulness of the heavens above, but the beauty of our universe.  Coming up … a few more Badlands images.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm IS lens, with IS “Off” (top photos) and Rokinon 14mm, f/2.8 manual lens (night skies)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod
  • ISO variable, ISO 200 to ISO 800
  • Aperture f/16 (top photos) and f/2.8 (night skies)
  • Shutter variable



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