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POTD: The Big Picture

Panorama Image from Badlands National Park

10-shot hand-held panorama from Badlands National Park, 2020

Panoramic stitching software has gotten so good, that nowadays I’m able to capture many of my pano shots hand-held. This image is a composite of 10 vertical images captured with my Nikon Z7 and 24-70mm f/4S Nikkor Z lens. I merged the images from RAW in Lightroom Classic and then adjusted the resulting raw file in both Lightroom Classic and Photoshop using Color Efex Pro 4 to enhance color and contrast. The resulting file ended up at over 250 megapixels!

Join me in South Dakota August 29-Sept. 2, 2021

Badlands Workshop Update

Updated info on Jason’s Landscape Photography Workshop August 27-30, 2020

Here’s the latest information on my August workshop in the Badlands of South Dakota

When: August 26-30, 2020
Where: South Dakota Badlands (Wall, SD)

The South Dakota Badlands is the perfect setting for photographers who not only want to photograph spectacular scenery, but also learn the behind the scenes techniques for processing and workflow, including HDR, infrared, monochrome, and long exposures.

Each day, we will have the opportunity download and process our images together as a group, get critiques, and learn new techniques to make your photos into fine-art masterpieces. I will work with you to capture and process the best possible images into beautiful finished products. Our focus will be on the complete end to-end workflow of landscape photography, from composition to final digital or print output.

Badlands COVID-19 Update (5/28/2020)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I am implementing the following safe workshop policies for this event. 

  • Workshop group size has been reduced to a maximum of six (6) photographers
  • All participants are required to have their own transportation to the field sites (no carpooling)
  • All field activities will required adherence to appropriate social distancing measures, including the use of cloth face coverings.
  • I will not conduct group classroom sessions indoors. Instead, we will share/review/critique images via videoconference, or outside if possible.
  • I will provide instruction to the group via video conference either during the workshop (assuming the internet at the hotel cooperates) or afterwards in private group classes online.
  • In the event the workshop is cancelled, you will be refunded in full
  • Final payment deadline has been extended to July 1, 2020

POTD: Badlands in the Blue

Blue Hour in Badlands National Park

Badlands Blue Hour
Twilight in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

It’s no secret that twilight (blue hour) offers amazing colors when shooting landscapes or cityscapes. The Badlands are no exception. You can read how I added the drop shadow effect to this image here.

Tech Specs

Nikon D850 with 24-120mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor
6 seconds, f/13, ISO 125
Gitzo 3-series tripod with RRS BH-55 ball-head

Badlands Landscape Safari 2018

Fine Art Landscape Photography in the South Dakota Badlands

Badlands Photo Safari
Photograph the surreal landscapes of the South Dakota Badlands with Jason Odell.

2018 marks my 8th consecutive year of leading landscape photography safaris in South Dakota! I hope you’ll join me to explore fine-art landscape photography techniques in an environment that can only be described as surreal. We will explore light, texture and clouds over the tremendous rock formations that have formed from erosion over the last 500,000 years. Continue reading Badlands Landscape Safari 2018