Quick Updates: Badlands Safari and Lightroom 5 Released

Last light in the Badlands
Last light in the Badlands (click to enlarge).

Hi all, I just wanted to check in as the last few weeks have been extremely busy. First of all, I’m back from another photo safari adventure, this time to the South Dakota Badlands. Deborah Sandidge was my brilliant co-pilot instructor, and we took a group of eight clients to some pretty awesome places.

On the road to South Dakota
On the road to South Dakota… driving through Nebraska.

On our drive to South Dakota, we stopped at Carhenge, an art installation formed from automobiles just outside Alliance, Nebraska. It was hard not to spend the entire afternoon there!

On the way to South Dakota, we stopped at Carhenge.
On the way to South Dakota, we stopped at Carhenge.

Over the course of four days, we explored the ever-changing light of the Badlands, using traditional and creative techniques. We explored long exposures using 10-stop solid ND filters (I just got my 10-stop Singh-Ray Mor-Slo; more on that later). We also had a special treat: © brought several compact IR-converted cameras that everyone had the opportunity to try out.

Long exposure in Badlands National Park using a Singh-Ray 10-stop Mor-slo filter.
Long exposure in Badlands National Park using a Singh-Ray 10-stop Mor-slo filter.
We had a great group of photographers and we rocked the Badlands! Image courtesy of Deborah Sandidge
We had a great group of photographers and we rocked the Badlands! Image courtesy of Deborah Sandidge

Now that I’m back, I’m busy going through the nearly 1400 images I captured during the trip. I’ve been using the Lightroom 5 beta now since its release, and this morning I discovered that the official version has been released. You can get it for $149 (new license) or $79 as an upgrade from Lightroom 4. I strongly recommend upgrading to the newest version. If you’re using LR3 or earlier, the Develop Module is significantly enhanced, meaning you’ll get even better RAW processing options for your files. Photoshop CS6 users will also want to download Adobe Camera Raw 8.1, which is compatible with the RAW engine in LR5.

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