Landscape Pro 2

Landscape Pro 2

I made another software purchase and love the way bland sky images can be turned into a work of art.  This image originally had no clouds as mornings in the Badlands of South Dakota during summer can be clear.  I processed this through Landscape Pro and created this image with it.  I won’t use it all the time but it will come in handy when images need more than nature provided during capture.

The Return

The Return

Got back yesterday and it was a great trip.  But as a photographer I would have to lean towards the Badlands as being my favorite place to shoot during the trip.  There is so many shapes and colors that contrast each other I believe one could spend a couple of weeks there and just begin to touch the tip of it all.

I especially enjoyed the way the colors came out at sunrise and sunset.  This will be a spot I intend to visit again and do more exploring of its beauty and wonder.

Eclipse D-Day

Eclipse D-Day

Well tomorrow is D-Day for my son and me as we head off to Nebraska  with a stay overnight in Valentine.  We are taking the outlaw trail which runs the norther part of the state and should offer up many photo ops along the way.  Spent months planning this trip and looking at Google to spot any sites worthy.  Also scanned county maps and found some still standing country school houses.

After totality we are heading up to Devils Tower to spend the night then traveling the Black Hills and over night at the Badlands.  I am planning on 5000-10000 pictures in HDR for this trip my camera will have a work out.  Very excited about it now.  Just hope to sleep well tonight and be on the road by 4:30AM.

An Image Can Grow On You

An Image Can Grow On You

Yesterday morning the clouds moved into the area fast and led to a disappointing photography session or at least I thought.  After processing this image and looking at it numerous times I began to like it quit a lot.  The barbed wire fence leads one into the image and the posts rugged beauty just seem to work.

Odd how a seemingly bad outing can present a gem…

https://duane-klipping.pixels.com/featured/fence-line-sunrise-bonfire-photography.html

Planning Shots

Planning Shots

Most of the time I never plan my actual shots any further than a general direction I plan on exploring.  Each weekend I get out before sunrise and head usually east towards the rising sun.  Chasing daylight freestyle with no plan other than driving gravel roads.

Most of what I consider are my best images were taken this way, drive until the view I see from my window grabs my attention.  Maybe it is the framing in my driver’s door of passenger window the works for me as it is like viewing an already framed photograph.  Something just clicks and I stop the car and get out standing on the gravel and take a series of images before climbing back in and continuing on my nomadic journey.

I have been doing this for a number of years now and when I come across a scene that has potential I just know it is worth stopping.

Sometimes I see a scene but the lighting is not quite right and make a note of it’s location so I can return on another time when the lighting may be better suited for the capture.  This is a quick run down on how I manage to get my images.  No real planning just what captures my eye first.

Another one of my well received images on Iowa Through The Lens is this shot of a level B road that runs the western edge of the DNR lands and belongs to The Big Marsh. Sunday I had no real plan and did some free style just taking off and heading south before sunrise. As I went down the blacktop going to Aplington I was presented with low hanging ground fog along the West Fork of the Cedar River. This was going to be my subject this morning. Seems there has been a lot of ground fog these past few weeks in the low lands.

This road has recently been graded due to all the ruts and potholes that were in it from the past years weather. The road is seldom used other than by hunters in the fall deer season and can turn into a muddy mess with just a half inch of rain. Not a high speed road by any means and I was surprised the county spent time grading it as much as they did. A little gravel and it would be better than a standard B road.

I took this image in the middle of the road as the sun cast it’s ray upwards and the fog can be seen in the distance.

https://duane-klipping.pixels.com/featured/level-b-morning-2-bonfire-photography.html