Badlands in Silhouette

April 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I've been putting up so many lighthouse images lately, it seemed time for a change. This time, I went way back into the archives to for some landscape shots made on film. I'll be posting more in the next couple of weeks or so. The first image is from Badlands National Park, in South Dakota, which I visited a few years ago. I had been photographing rock formations, and I was about to pack up move on when I looked back and saw this scene , which was just after the sun had set behind the rock formations:

Badlands National ParkBadlands in Silhouette

 

I only took a few shots, and this is my favorite. Fortuitous events such as this help emphasizes the fact that you shouldn't be quick to pack up and leave, for one thing, and you should always check to see what's happening behind you on a regular basis. You never know what you might be missing!

This was shot on Fuji Velvia film, which I really loved (well, still love, but I hardly ever shoot film these days). It was my first trip using a digital SLR, a Nikon D70. I was still getting used to the D70, and wasn't ready to trust it on the more important shots. Ironically, when I got home, I almost totalled my film camera (a Nikon N90S). I had stored it in  day pack in the trunk, but forget to zip up the pack. I pulled the pack out and watched in horror as the camera and lens tumbled out onto the pavement. Amazingly, the ens only received some minor suffing, but the camera body cracked near the hot shoe. Even so, the camera was still operable, but I did end up buying a Nikon F6 later that year as a replacement. In a way, the image represents my film days, which seem to have been "sunsetted".

 

 


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