Prairies of Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

For my entire life, I have lived in the so called, fly over states. And while they may lack the magnificent mountain vistas of the western states, there are still some beautiful places that can make you feel small in the world.

This photo was taken in the western end of Badlands National Park. The prairies seem to just go on forever. I never fully appreciated the Great Plains until I’d experienced them. While I’m not thrilled with the reflections in this image, and didn’t realize they were as bright until reviewing photos much later, I really liked the lighting of the landscape.

For many years, I shot all my photos at eye level and with scenes like this one, it’s not a bad way to go. But one of the things that opened my eyes to a whole new world of perspectives was changing my vantage point. I should probably clarify that eye level for me is about six feet, so you can miss a lot of the scene when you consider the limit on the field of view of your camera relative to that of your eyes. I’ve had many images that look completely flat because I didn’t or wasn’t able to get a good foreground.

I hope to go back some day and do the scene true justice. Just a little further down the road were herds of bison grazing. We stayed at the primitive campground that night and woke up to bison grazing about 20 yards away. It was quite an experience. Tried my hand at some astrophotography that night too, you’ll notice there are none of those photos here. But, if you don’t try you’ll never know and if you don’t practice how can you ever improve?

Thanks for reading! Please share and comment, your feedback in greatly appreciated as the experiment continues.



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