Posts tagged: moon

Moonrise Panorama Fossil Trail, Badlands National Park

By , August 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I’ve been wanting to get some pictures of the Milky Way Galaxy and our trip to the Badlands was the perfect opportunity for dark skies except for one thing — my vacation time fell into a full moon week, drat!  Nevertheless, on our last night in South Dakota while meandering to our little cabin at the Cedar Pass Lodge, Carolyn urged that we just stop and shoot the night sky before the moon came up.  So the boys pulled out the bedding underneath the stars and gazed as I setup shop with 30 second exposures across the horizon to compile into this panorama. The southern band of the Milky Way is  visible to the right and towards the far left is the big dipper.  This was by far one of the most exciting and memorable shots that I’ve taken so far.

Sunflower Sunset in South Dakota

By , August 14, 2011 at 7:10 am

As we were driving yesterday evening through the farmlands of South Dakota just west of the rolling hills of the Missouri river banks we were enveloped by field after field of yellow sunflowers staring at as we ventured towards the setting sun.  We pulled over and trod towards the sunflowers, braving the mosquitos to capture one of the most simple yet picturesque places that I have been.  Here are a few of the shots that I composited on my laptop.  Click the images for their full sizes.


Sunflower Sunset – Tokina 11-16mm at 11mm f2.8 bracketed +/- 2 stop HDR composite, tripod mounted

Sunflower Fields - Canon 75-300mm single shot cropped

Moonrise - Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 single shot uncropped, handheld

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