What a shot! Absolutely breathtaking. I love how there is not one spec of civilisation (and I didn't know rocks could be purple!). on the topic of photos, please feel free to have a look at some of my shots here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenightthemoonfelldownphotography/
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 ;)
Ok... this one almost took my breath away. How could a place this beautiful be called Badlands? Well done Dan.
Amazing photo. Such breathtaking beauty.
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Again, wonderful shot!
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.
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?
It's a wonderful photograph. I would like to know the technical specifications to learn more about this shot
I love the clarity of this picture - how it captures the roughness of the land, yet beautiful and soothing colors.
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.
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.
I like how the photographer got a shot if the sun coming up over the mountains. I wonder what time it is?
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?
This picture is really AWESOME!!!what i like about this photo is that the Mountains are very cool and the sunshine is nice.
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?
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
@Cason Purell J.I.B already guessed it is 5-6 o' clock...... Why dont you read the stuff that others coment:)
@Ayisha Christmas I agree.
@Ayisha Christmas Nice, I really like that too and it's nice that you were able to describe it so accurately.
@Ebonie Drine I think that it is frozen.
@Ebonie Drine I really think that the river is all dried up, and nice comment.
@Justin Herobrine Nice comment,Nice guess also............who is the astronaut in your picture?
@Tabitha Sage The same here.
@Tabitha Sage That is almost what I put Tabitha.
@Mallory K I like how you can see the sun in the background.
@matthew slenderman same as you matt is very nice and cool.
@Bodell Cougars ya ill bet it did.
@Gracee Softball It says at the top it is sunrise. I also love the colors of the picture.
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