John Larson, FPSA, MPSA  

Photographer in the Badlands by John Larson, FPSA, MPSA

October 2021 - Photographer in the Badlands

About the Image(s)

Why I took This Image

On a recent trip to Rapid City, SD for the 2021 Photo Festival I took a sunset tour of the Badlands. We were winding up our trip when I saw one of the guides taking a picture of some rock formation that was across from the sun. I liked this story and the light glow from the setting sun.

How I took this Image

Camera Model: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Original Date/Time: 2021-10-07T20:09:34, Exposure Time: 1/30, Shutter Speed: 1/30.00, Aperture: 8.92, F-stop: f/22.0, ISO Speed: 1600
Lens: TAMRON 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD B028

What did I do to this image

Basic processing in Lightroom, used Detail Extractor from Nik Color Effects (dialed down), then Shake Reduction in PS, then DeNoise from Topaz to finish up this i

4 comments posted

David Garrison
really like the light and the photographer in the foreground as she helps give depth the the scene.   Posted: 10/12/2021 11:55:48

John Larson   John Larson
He would probably not like to be called a she. I guess he can blame his long hair.   Posted: 10/12/2021 15:33:47

Sherri Vallie
The lighting gives a real sense of place. I can't help wonder why the photographer is not photographing the great vista on the right of the image. Perhaps there is another, better, vista on the left?   Posted: 10/14/2021 14:50:41

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
What a great catch, seeing the moment here. The badlands, of course, are fascinating with their crooks and crannies and stripes representing changes in the environment, I presume. They are so unusual, I think he's absolutely right to take them and not the background on the right, which is much more usual. I even cupped my hands and tried to see if cropping out the background on the right would improve the shot, but I decided not -- it gives prospective. So does the photographer -- he gives prospective to everything!   Posted: 10/17/2021 19:36:20


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