I've been on the road for most of the last month and I'm happy to finally be able to share some of the images I've been working on. Over 26 days I pinballed more than 6,000 miles across the USA and had a chance to see some of the amazing natural wonders this country has to offer. One of the first places we stopped was Badlands National Park.
The Badlands were magnificent and offered an overwhelming number of photographic possibilities. I quickly decided to capture the jagged landscape at sunrise. This location looks more and felt more alien to me than any other spot in the park and I felt the directional light of the sunrise would create a nice interaction of form and texture along the jagged peaks. Needless to say I was not disappointed.
It was a bit of a trick to find a spot. There were probably 40 people wandering around this scene in the darkness before I even arrived and I didn't want them in my shot nor did I want to be in theirs. One of these days I'm going to publish a series called "The Real National Parks" and only include images of the tourists.
As it turned out (and would become a recurring theme on the trip) the best light of the morning happened before the sun made its first appearance. The colors were vibrant during blue hour but once the sun rose it overpowered the colors and washed them all away. The lesson here is always make sure you arrive an hour before the sunrise and be ready to shoot.