Viewing: The Black Hills

Early Morning on the Trail

Black Hills National Forest

Early Morning on the Trail by Eric Reynolds - Landscape Photographer

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The Story

Early morning hikes are always worth it (and by “it” I mean the lighting).

My wife and I set out this October morning in 2015 to the Sunday Gulch Trail behind Sylvan Lake in Custer Park. Being novice hikers, this four-mile trek was going to be a fun challenge for us. Hiking amongst some of the most unique rock formations in the Black Hills kept our minds off the distance. As did the contrasting light and shadow the rising sun was creating.

The stark differences between light and shadow on the foreground in this shot might allow one’s mind to imagine what a time-lapse video of this scene could look like. From the point of this shot (one of the highest points on the trail) you’re able to take in an impressive view of the Western hills.

If you have the chance to take an early-morning hike, don’t dare pass it up!

Image Details

Camera: Nikon D810

Lens: Nikkor 24-70 f2.8

ISO: 64

Aperture: 13

Exposure: 1/80 second