April 22, 2013

Sunrise, Badlands National Park

Photograph by Dan Dady, My Shot

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Sunrise near Yellow Mounds, Badlands National Park

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

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66 comments
Ros Riggs
Ros Riggs

This is beautiful.. makes one feel great just to see this.. thank you

CS Liao
CS Liao

Great capture of sunrise with colorful lighting. 

Earl Arboneaux Jr
Earl Arboneaux Jr

Surely a beautiful place to photograph, hoping one day to visit this unique location.

milos lach
milos lach

amazing photography, beautiful landscape..great light and colours!

Tzar Simeon
Tzar Simeon

Shannon I guess you know that some things in life look pretty beautiful but they are quite dangerous and deadly. I suppose people who named it knew something bad happened there. There could be lack of water or many deadly predators. Who knows.
  I can give you an example. In my country located at the Balkans, we have this "valley of the kings" locals call it that way because there are tens of ancient Thracian king tombs.
  And many more, but my message got too long already ;)

Best regards!

Shannon T
Shannon T

Ok... this one almost took my breath away. How could a place this beautiful be called Badlands? Well done Dan.

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

Amazing photo. Such breathtaking beauty.

As a high school student interested in photography I always turn to National Geographic for the best examples of great photography! If you would like to see my work it can be found here : http://maireadkahn.wordpress.com/

Again, wonderful shot!

Dan Dady
Dan Dady

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments. I've been back to the same spot several times and found that I was incredibly lucky with the timing in that the rising Sun was shining through smoke from distant wildfires. Repeating this light would most likely be quite rare. It boils down to luck and just happening to be in the right place at the right time. 

For those asking about the technical details; Nikon D3s, Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 @25mm  - f.4.5, 1600 ISO taken 10/25/2011, 7:32 am. This was a single 14bit RAW exposure and the sky was dodged one stop while the foreground was burned one stop. Some additional exposure, gamma, sharpening and dust removal were also performed. (I'm fairly sure that this info was taken from the same image as above. NG seems to have stripped the EXIF data from the above image)

My favorite version, that  I use to actually print with, is a pseudo HDR version combining two separate exposures, one for the sky and the other for the foreground. The two images are then merged using layers and layer masking in photoshop. This results, in my own personal opinion, in a far superior image without any blown out details in the sky.

VENIECE K.
VENIECE K.

I took pics of the sun early  morn and as it shines through the trees on my bed, the pics I took looked like red flowers petals and there were many different shapes and round blue spheres and red ones too.  Could anyone pls explain to me these shapes?

Dornadula C.
Dornadula C.

It's a wonderful photograph. I would like to know the technical specifications to learn more about this shot

Jill Dunphy-Hanns
Jill Dunphy-Hanns

I love the clarity of this picture - how it captures the roughness of the land, yet beautiful and soothing colors.

Becky Streier
Becky Streier

The Badlands are always a favorite of mine to spend time at, & photograph. No matter how many times i go there, i always see something new. This is just beautiful to look upon. Two very big thumbs up.

Hao Wu
Hao Wu

Wow, I wish this has retina resolution

Xava Paredes
Xava Paredes

The landscape have harmony because in this time there aren't rain  and the montains are yellows.

CoShane Rich
CoShane Rich

this is a cool photo and i like that the back ground is with a lot of hills and yellow and blue.Also that there is  no water on the river.


Cason Purell
Cason Purell

I like how the photographer got a shot if the sun coming up over the mountains. I wonder what time it is?

Isaiah The Hottie
Isaiah The Hottie

This photo is cool. When you read were the photo was taken at you would think it would look ugly. I really like the colors in the dirt. Why is the dirt colorful?

Shai Shai
Shai Shai

The orange and yellow background look AMAZING! Why is some of the rock red?

delbert knightman
delbert knightman

This picture is really AWESOME!!!what i like about this photo is that the Mountains are very cool and the sunshine is nice.

Ayisha Christmas
Ayisha Christmas

This picture is beautiful. I absolutley love how all the colors complement each other and they go together so well. The sky in the background is kind of an orange/pink color. Did you take this picture while the sun was coming up, or in the evening?


Micaela Mustache
Micaela Mustache

This photo is awesome. I love how the photo is colorful.Also i like how the photo has the sun.

Ebonie Drine
Ebonie Drine

what I love about this photo is that the little stream in the bottom looks like it is all dried up. O is it all dried up? What is AMAZING about this photo is that you got the mountains in the background VERY GOOD PHOTO

Justin Herobrine
Justin Herobrine

The mountains look bumpy and I like how you can see where the water was over time. I'm betting that the sunrise is probably from 5-6 o'clock in the morning.

Aidan Nunook
Aidan Nunook

 This is my personal favorite so far since the rocks have an amazing color and the sun either rising or setting also adds to the amazing color affect. I really do wonder if the sun is rising or setting?

Tabitha Sage
Tabitha Sage

You can see where the river flowed. On the dirt you can see different colors.

Mallory K
Mallory K

I love how you got the picture of the sun in the background. Also I like how you can see the colors on right side of the mountain.

matthew s.
matthew s.

Nice picture, Is it just a long hill or a canyon and looks like a hill?I like all the colors of the hill it has red, brown, and green. Butiful picture.

Bodell Cougars
Bodell Cougars

That must have taken a lot of patience to sit out there waiting until sunrise to take the picture. I especially love all of the different colors in the picture.

Gracee Softball
Gracee Softball

Awesome photo i really like how the sky is two different colors. Is it sunrise?

sally huang
sally huang

Hi, I like the pic very much. could you provide the higher resolution for wallpaper? thank~

matthew s.
matthew s.

@Cason Purell J.I.B already guessed it is 5-6 o' clock...... Why dont you read the stuff that others coment:)

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