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Badlands National Park Geology > Sunset in Badlands South Dakota by Dennis vanEngelsdorp

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Dennis vanEngelsdorp Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Explore score
0.65 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 24, 2011
Date taken
Jun 15, 2011

Another shot of the Badlands this time as the sun was receding. After turning off I-90 onto 240 near the town of Cactus Flat we entered the Northeast Entrance of Badlands National Park. I took my first Gigapan at the Big Badlands Overlook and then moved south through the park toward the town of Interior stopping before the Ben Reifel Visitor Center to take this Gigapan near the Castle Rock Trail.

There were people hiking the hills in the distance when I set the Gigapan up and started shooting this panorama. I am in there somewhere with my camera taking close-ups of the rock formations. The sunset in the park was very cool.

By the time the Gigapan stopped shooting pictures another photographer had moved in to the peak just above where I had my tripod and camera set up. While I was tearing down the camera, Gigapan, and tri-pod he started asking questions about the robot (people always ask what the camera is; it’s a great conversation starter). I explained what it was and he was very interested in the technology.

He later told me that he visits the park every year around the start of the summer solistice to try to capture images of the full moon. He told me that he still hasn’t gotten the picture he was looking for and was hoping that this year would be the year that the clouds would stay out of the way long enough for him to get what he wanted.

When we left it was dark and there were coyotes howling in the distance. I camped in the park that night and with the light from the full moon we were able to walk along the road and admire the rock formations. The next morning we were up at 5 am and back on the road to finish the 240 loop on our way back to I-90.

The park is amazing especially during sunrise and sunset. That morning we spotted a family of pronghorn sheep and wild turkeys grazing at the edge of the Homestead Overlook. Growing up in Pennsylvania I am familiar with turkeys but seeing them coexisting with the pronghorn was something new for me. Both the turkeys and the sheep were raising families along side of one another.

I didn’t want to leave the park but I knew that there would be more to see along the way...

Mike Andree

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.1.1564 (Windows)
Panorama size: 651 megapixels (66244 x 9836 pixels)
Input images: 408 (51 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 207.8 degrees wide by 30.9 degrees high (top=23.5, bottom=-7.4)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.056 c2=-0.00239
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-06-15 21:41:50 - 2011-06-15 22:10:32
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.00625
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 68.4 to 84.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 68.2 to 73.3 percent
Computer stats: 3509.84 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 1:28:27 (13 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 15:28, Projection: 17:41, Blending: 55:18
(Preview finished in 1:13:19)

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