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Badlands Hike around Cedar Pass and Old NE Road

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Published on Mar 20, 2012

I parked at the Cliff Overlook and hiked up to Cedar Pass, through some of the canyons along the road, took some pictures and then climbed on top of the rock formations off of Old NE Road. I have tried to compress it down for time so I hope it works well and I only recording the going out part, not the coming back. Just one way was nearly 2 hours of time and getting it down to just over 15 minutes was fun. I did cut out some of the walking on the road for that reason.

I created this video during my Artist in Residence position at Badlands National Park in Spring 2012. I was at the park from March 13th until April 27th.

There is beauty all around us, some is obvious to people and other images need to be searched out for. I love nature, always have. I am at peace when I go out for a hike carrying my camera bag even when I'm carrying all my equipment and hiking for several miles, the distance and weight just doesn't matter. What's important is capturing that image and trying to tell a story with it.

Every image I take tells a story and many of them have a story about getting them. The presentation is just as important as the picture. How the image is printed, the material it is printed on and the final look and feel to it. Some pictures look better on canvas, other on aluminum and others on copper. It all depends on the story I am trying to tell.

I am not stuck in the past with my photography, I do shoot digital as well as film, but I also don't believe that we should just accept the present either. Just because digital doesn't make you pay to develop film doesn't mean that we should forget those lessons of film and just shoot and shoot and hope to get a good shot. I still take my time with my shots. I try to get as much right in the camera to start with. Not only does it save me time, but it gives you a better product. The more you manipulate an image in software the more it degrades in quality.

I use HDR, High Dynamic Range Photography, to create pictures that are more like what I see. HDR was originally developed to create more realistic photos. It's only more recent that HDR has been used to create highly dramatic images.

Check out my website to view some of my pictures! http://www.stevenjdonley.com

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