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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park, Yellow Mounds area.

Badlands National Park, Yellow Mounds area.

Many photographers whose work I admire and respect flatly state you can’t do meaningful work in a new place you’re visiting for the first time. Others will hold sacred the idea of seeing a place for the first time; how nothing can compare to when your eyes meet new land – with no expectations, no plan, no pre-conceived notions. Like so many other things I suppose I find myself somewhere in the middle.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota (2018)

Badlands National Park, South Dakota (2018)

There’s nothing like the thrill of seeing a landscape for the first time. The challenge is you don’t know where to go, much less how the light affects different vistas at different times of day. So allowing time that first encounter to wander freely is my typical approach. Often is the case however, where time isn’t your friend – and you have a limited amount to spend experiencing a given place. Such was the case this past September during a stop at Badlands National Park in South Dakota en route home from Illinois the long way.

Badlands National Park, Yellow Mounds area (2018)

Badlands National Park, Yellow Mounds area (2018)

Even though the opportunity to make photographs was limited – the conditions lined up  favorably for the short amount of time I was blessed with. It should be said, this almost never happens.

Badlands national Park, South Dakota (2018)

Badlands national Park, South Dakota (2018)

Badlands National Park, South Dakota (2018)

Badlands National Park, South Dakota (2018)

Badlands National Park, Yellow Mounds area (2018)

Badlands National Park, Yellow Mounds area (2018)

Badlands National Park, South Dakota (2018)

Badlands National Park, South Dakota (2018).

 

 

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About the Author:

John B. Crane is a photographer, illustrator and 3D animator living and working in Fort Collins, Colorado. When John isn't sitting in front of the computer creating complex technical and industrial 3D animation projects for clients around the world, he may be found roaming the Rocky Mountain West in his Subaru, old film cameras in hand, refocusing his eyes, enjoying the solitude and beauty the West has to offer. To view a complete catalog of images please visit http://www.johnbcrane.com.