Cheltenham Badlands #3 | December 16, 2006

As I described a couple of posts ago, the Cheltenham Badlands were crawling with people when I was up there, sometimes forcing me to wait 15 minutes to get a shot. Unfortunately, some people decided to treat the Badlands as a large dumping ground by throwing empty coffee cups and other containers wherever they pleased. Jerrold at blogTO also points out the number of people walking all over the formations and how this will destroy them in a few short years. I've got to plead guilty to this charge myself, but I have a (somewhat) valid excuse: there were so many people and so much garbage piled around the sign warning people to stay on the trails that I couldn't even get close enough to read it. I know, ignorance is no excuse, but I know better now and will stay on the outer path.

So, I present a wide-angle shot of the Badlands to put everything into perspective. The darkened sky was done in Photoshop; I may have had a graduated neutral-density filter on the lens as well. It's been a while. I can't remember.

What's up with this? Props to 'kalsang' for letting me know that twentyfourbythirtysix has been mentioned in Better Photography magazine in India. If I was a huge Internet nerd, I'd insert one of those googly-eyed smileys here. I won't, but I will extend a sincere thanks to Better Photography magazine for the hook-up. And if there's anyone in India who is willing to mail me a copy of the December 2006 issue, I will send a shiny new 8 x 10 photo your way. Use the contact form on the 'About' page above and we'll work out the details

UPDATE: Thank you to Sunil for agreeing to send me the magazine. I'll be sending him an 8 x 10 shortly.


comment by Ashish Sidapara on December 17, 2006, 2:30 AM

Congrats for being featured in the mag, very well deserved!

comment by Ashish Sidapara on December 17, 2006, 2:31 AM

Lovely wide angle shot, the darkening of clouds is very cool and add to the overall drama!

comment by Shagz on December 21, 2006, 12:52 AM

Awesome stuff man, been a while since I've been here. Glad to see you're still keeping it going! Will have to spend an afternoon going through your archives!

comment by shane j montgomery on January 2, 2007, 1:28 PM

Wow, nice to see another take on this. I saw sam's earlier in the year over at topleftpixel and this place looks absolutely stunning. Great job.

comment by Owen on January 11, 2007, 3:19 PM

This is my favourite of the Badlands series. I love the simplicity and minimalism of the other shots, but what I like about this is that is shows the scale, and also shows the human impact on the site. From the other shots you'd never know people were there. This one shows it in the context of a "tourist attraction". Beautiful shot.

comment by Jesus on May 8, 2007, 8:42 AM

I like the tones of this one, good PP.

comment by Photo Buffet on May 14, 2007, 1:17 PM

I've been exploring your archives. I remember a more recent Badlands image. This is a great shot and gives more perspective to the area. Crawling with people is right! I'd love to be there exploring that scene.

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