Viewing: The Black Hills

Sunset over Cedar Pass

Badlands National Park, SD

Sunset over Cedar Pass by Eric Reynolds - Landscape Photographer

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The Story

There’s a thrill in chasing down the sun in the Badlands.

Before snapping this shot, I was cruising through Cedar Pass, hoping to get a chance at a prime sunset scene. As I was coming up over a hill, I saw this shot and slammed on the brakes. I admire the contrast between the jagged rock wall and the sunlit terrain that expands behind it. The softness of the greenery in front of the rugged wall also makes a startling comparison.

It’s nice to be able to reflect on this scene after the hastiness it took to get the shot before the sun sank too low. I had only left myself a minute or two to snap this fiery picture, so I’m happy I stopped when I did.

When a sky ablaze presents itself to you, don’t waste any time capturing the moment.

Image Details

Camera: Nikon D810

Lens: Nikkor 24-70 f2.8

ISO: 64

Aperture: 10

Exposure: 1/25 second