Posts tagged: scenery

Whitewater State Park, Minnesota Fall Colors Panorama

By , December 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

A belated panorama shot from this fall at Whitewater State Park.  Click here for a larger version of the panorama.

Whitewater State Park Fall Colors, Minnesota Panorama

Sunset at Sage Creek Overlook, Badlands, South Dakota Panorama

By , August 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Two panoramas taken from Sage Creek  overlook at Badlands National Park, South Dakota taken a few minutes apart at sunset and dusk.  These are HDR bracketed photos that are fused and then stitched such that there are actually 5 photos with 3 exposures (15) per panorama taken with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens at wide-angle.  Big thunderstorm seen in the horizon and a nice view of the basin with the Badlands seen towards the far left.

Sage Creek Sunset, Badlands Panorama

Sage Creek Dusk, Badlands Panorama

Sheep Mountain Table, Badlands, South Dakota Panorama

By , August 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

After a grueling off-road trip through treacherous terrain we arrived at Sheep Mountain Table, Badlands, South Dakota a vista off the beaten path of the southern Badlands where these pictures were taken.  We got the whole family plopped on the edge of one of the drop offs to get some of the scenic background from our trip onto our kitchen wall.  Enjoy the view.

 

Harney Peak, South Dakota Panorama

By , August 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

This is the tallest peak in South Dakota, elevation 7,244 ft, and about a 3.5 mile trek with over 1,000 ft ascent from Sylvan Lake where we were camping.  It took about 4 hours for Mikey and I to summit to the top, and boy was I proud of my little guy — the only 5 year old we saw all morning even attempting it!  Carolyn, Douglas, and David made it about half way before turning back, but Carolyn got to hike it by herself on the third day we were there while the boys and I attempted to go geocaching with no reception and a dead GPS battery (epic fail but nothing that a little ice cream couldn’t mend).  Anyways, breathtaking panorama and what a view!

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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