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Badlands Aerial Triptych

Pointing the drone’s camera straight down supposedly leads to a “flat” image… except when the light nicely brings out the contours of a ragged and furrowed desert landscape, like on this overcast day at the end of December, about half an hour before sunset.

The vertical format doesn’t come natural to drone photos – the orientation of the camera can’t be changed. Yet, when I saw the first of these scenes, it was clear to me that I’d try and go for verticals in aerial photos, for the first time. The light came from the west (obviously). I’ve long been extremely fond of the shapes, colors and forms of badlands. Seeing and photographing them from above only adds to my fascination with them.

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