I know you’ve all heard this before, but it PAYS to WAIT! However, I don’t always follow my own advice…but, in this case, I did.
Sue and I went to our favorite remote part of the Badlands, where we are generally alone, and the place is pretty vast. So, it’s always strangely cool to be alone in an area this big….and quiet. So, we get to our agreed upon spot and start walking our own separate ways, and begin waiting for the sun to sidelight the area. We both find our spots and take a few shots waiting…..clouds are blocking the sun, but there are a few openings. As the sun gets lower, there’s a short, subtle light blast, which is better than nothing. The clouds appear to get thicker as the sun lowers and we are giving up hope for a flood light warm light blast on this day….but, it’s still cool to be here.
When we drove in we saw a car…..someone else was in OUR PARK!!! As we began to lose hope, our friend also lost hope and drove off. As the sun dipped behind the mountains and the clouds, I packed up and started walking to where Sue was photographing, actually she was hangin’ out with natural crystals, which cover the area. As we consider leaving, I notice the tops of the mountains getting a warm glow….I start running back to my scene, cursing a deep blue streak along the way, but noticed that my scene was in an area not touched by the warm light blast. Then right before my eyes, the lead image lit up! Luckily, I was in the right place with my 14mm pointed downwards. This image literally took itself!
Knowing that this light can last seconds, Sue and I rapidly fired off a bunch of images until the light faded. Pretty incredible! So, we start walking around scouting for other subjects for a return visit with our workshop group, and we begin to notice a faint red glow to the clouds. I say to Sue, “It looks like we have an after burn!!” Then the clouds quickly turned blood red for a minute, or less. We took full advantage! When the light faded again, there was a coloration of clouds over the mountain peaks. I took a 4 minute exposure to finish off our shooting day.
An experience like this is exactly why we do this! We look forward to sharing this with our workshop clients this coming week!
All images shot with the D800. Xpro 1 blog coming soon!
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