It was bound to happen. The last two seats of the 2015 Badlands Photography Workshop – Winter Edition have sold out. At this point we are in a waiting list only mode. If you still want to sign up in hopes of a cancellation, proceed to the website.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
What a difference six months makes…
If you’ve read my blogs for long, you will know that I am a big fan of returning to the scene of the crime. With rare exceptions, conditions are never quite the same. If a scene works for a good photograph once, it usually will again. Sometimes, it exceeds the wildest imaginings of the photographer. The results, while equally (or surpassingly) stunning (perhaps), will never be visually identical. It is almost always worth the effort to check out the choice locations and give them a second go.
Consider these scenes captured during my last two Badlands Photography Workshops.
This image was captured during the spring edition of my popular Badlands workshop. At the time, the light was great. It was May and we were well on our way through astronomical spring. There was no snow and no vegetation to betray the season – save the angle and quality of light. When I took this photograph in May, it was almost on a whim. I paused to take a look at what some of my students were shooting and decided it might be a good class room image. I grabbed a quick tripod position and fired. It was a good sky day: not overcast – not completely clear. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the image.
The full-frame sensor had a 24-105 lens mounted and I shot this at 24 MM to get the wide expanse.
Fast forward 6 months…
Same scene. Same camera. Same lens. Same F-Stop. Now, it is early December. The sun is lower and rises at a dramatically different angle to the formation. I was also fortunate to catch this a few minutes closer to sunrise than the spring shot shown earlier. The peak catches an almost incandescent glow from the very low sun angle. Believe it or not, saturation and vibrance have both been reduced in this image. The orange glow was that electric!
The real wild card in any landscape photograph’s success always seems to be the sky. Winter in the Badlands produced one of the most stunning skies I’ve ever seen over this formation. Don’t get me wrong, the formations and the selective fall of the light are amazing but the sky really makes this picture pop. A host of new hues and textures provide an exquisite backdrop to the sun-caressed formations. A tighter framing (28 MM) from approximately the same tripod position improves the composition as well. Returning to the scene of the crime was worthwhile on this day.
Sometimes landscape hunters become fixated on a trophy image, going from place to place and capturing images like items on a shopping list. They never consider or give a low priority to returning to an iconic location many times. True, you do get to see more stuff that way and add to the rote of the captured postcards but you may miss out on opportunities like this one. I have shot at this particular location in excess of 20 times and never have I taken an image which rivals this most recent edition. It only happened because I was willing to return to scene of the crime.
Happy holidays to all. Watch for information on workshops for 2015
Rikk Flohr © 2014
Join Laurie Hernandez (Queen of the Crop) and myself (the Cropist) in the Badlands this may for our fourth season of Badlands Photography Workshops. Complete Information
Sign up by February 28, 2014 and you can discount the cost of the workshop by $ 50.00 and ensure an amazing experience of photography, camaraderie and fun.
Request a Registration Packet today – before they are gone and the early signup savings evaporates (or sublimates as we say in the Badlands)
Rikk Flohr © 2014
May 18-22, 2013
The title says it all. Don’t Delay!
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Rikk Flohr © 2013
Just a quick announcement to let you all know that the May 2012 Badlands Photography Workshop with Rikk Flohr and Laurie Hernandez has only two seats left. If you were thinking of joining us this year, now is the time.
Full details can be found at the website.
Rikk Flohr © 2012
Participants in the May 2011 Workshop line up for sunrise
Save $50.00 on the December “Winter Wildlife” workshop at Badlands National Park if you signup by August 31, 2011.
We still have a couple of seats left for our December workshop. The workshop in May sold out and there is every possibility this workshop will as well. Sign up now to ensure your seat and take advantage of these savings.
Information can be found on Rikk Flohr’s Badlands Photography Workshops here.
We will be announcing Spring 2012 dates shortly.
Rikk Flohr © 2011
Well, Bighorn Sheep if not actual mountain goats.
Every now and again, I come across an indispensible photographic accessory where I least expect it. Who knew it was right above me all the time?
Rikk pauses for a self-portrait during a sunrise shoot
Last year-before gas hit three dollars a gallon-I acquired a Toyota Prius to be the main mode of transport for my photographic endeavors. It is quiet. I can sneak up on wildlife with its electrics and get much closer than my Grand Marquis ever could. It is small. I can grab anything out of the backseat from the driver’s seat. That is handy when you shoot as many cameras as I do. It is also economical. I can travel to destinations much more cheaply-regardless of the current gas price. Oh, and it has a moonroof too.
Seeing the rest of the world through the moonroof
As you know, I have been serving as Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park these past few weeks. I discovered that an entire world happens at above roof-line windshield view. On a lark, I opened my moonroof cover one day and was astonished to find that many things of wonder were hidden just out of view overhead. Suddenly, hawks, owls and eagles unseen were soaring right above me. It turns out there are Bighorn Sheep on the slopes just above windshield view too. Driving around with the moonroof uncovered opened many more photographic possibilities. Sure, a convertible would be better but not in winter!
A ram I might have missed
Today it is sheep in the Badlands, tomorrow it may be a Bald Eagle in a road-side tree on the North Shore. Next week, it might be a window washer dangling from a high-rise building. How many photographic opportunities simply pass unnoticed because of the enclosures in which we’ve placed ourselves? If you can’t get out and walk around, at least look out the windows-all of them.
Rikk Flohr © 2008