Just beyond the Drumheller, AB Hoodoo tourist stop with metal walkways, stairs and platforms we spotted this spire. The car was barely at a stop when I jumped out and looked for a way to reach this unique natural structure.
Nikon D610, Nikor 28 – 300 mm lens; f/8, ISO 100; 1/60.
It wasn’t difficult to reach the spire. I soon realized that the best vantage point for an image capture would be from behind the spire looking out over the river valley.
Nikon D610, Sigma 12-24 mm lens; f/8, ISO 100; 1/100
Once in that position I had a careful look around and to my left (east of the spire) I spotted this pyramidal structure with signs of a human touch…
Nikon D610, Sigma 12 – 24 mm; f/8, ISO 100; 1/200.
The human touch…
Nikon D610, Nikor 28 – 300 mm lens; f/8, ISO 100; 1/400.
Further east these smoothly eroded mushroom-like shapes drew me into in.
Nikon D610, Sigma 12 – 24 mm lens; f/11, ISO 100; 1/200.
One last view from the lofty height of the spire before descending into the valley below.
Nikon D610, Nikor 28 – 300 mm lens; f/11, ISO 100; 1/80.
.. is at night. I appears that the only time for photography I have lately is in the evening. We missed the official rise of the full moon last night due to dense smoke haze from the forest fires in the Northwest Territory. Tonight promised to be a more clear sky and we were not disappointed.
For a first try to capture the moon I am pleased and determined to repeat it next month (August 10th). I realize that the 300 mm lens is not as sharp as I would like it to be despite using the remote shutter release.
Nikon D610 mounted on tripod, Nikor 28 – 300 mm lens @ 300mm; f/16, ISO 100, 1/125s with remote shutter release; cropped in PS RAW, increased contrast and sharpened in PS.
Nikon 610, , 12 – 24 mm @ 12mm, f/8, 43 images blended (images exposed from 1 minute to 4 minutes)
A week of work and camping in Drumheller was rewarded with a clear sky last evening. The sun sets relatively late in Alberta and twilight lasted till close to 11 pm. A waxing moon illuminated the hills and Hoodoos but I was determined to make at least one night image of the Hoodoos. We brought plenty of mosquito repellent (which was necessary), set up our tripods and for the first time I used my wide angle lens to capture as much of the night landscape as possible.
The 43 images were generated between 11 pm and 1:30 am and blended with Starstax software.
About 15 km east of Drumheller on Hwy. 10 and 2 km from our campground for the next week we revisited the Hoo Doos, this time just before sunset.
The first time I came here was 32 years ago… Much has changed, especially the metal platforms and the easy way to navigate the site.
The image was uploaded directly from my iPad, so I don’t have settings or other photographic details to share today. Just enjoy this little piece of natural history and geological phenomena!