New Image: "Convergence"
In the badlands of South Dakota compositions can be hard to find, as forms roll into each other endlessly in a beautiful yet visually chaotic way. Upon reviewing my images from the visit, I wish that I had taken more opportunities to point my camera at smaller scenes, such as this one. The yellow mounds and the dry grasses were two of the most memorable elements of this region, and this image captures a little bit of each. I spotted this little detail as I walked back to the car after abandoning an attempt to shoot the sunset. The pattern made by the crossing paths was interesting, especially so because of the distinct texture and color areas that the paths delineate. The middle portion of the image almost looks like fur!
This was a simple exposure captured hand-held at 124mm using a 1/50 second shutter speed... You may notice this breaks the often quoted "rule" to use a shutter speed with a denominator equal or higher to your focal length... But that's what a good stabilized lens can do for you! My Canon EF70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM had no problem delivering a sharp image in every exposure I took of this scene. I used an ISO of 400 to make the hand holding possible, and an aperture of f/8 to maximize sharpness.
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