It is the spot for sunrise!
By 03:00 we were on the road, heading east to the Badlands. It is a magical place! It is the best spot I know of for sunrise. Here you can see the sun coming up only minutes after sunrise via HDR.
And as the sun came up, the clouds which blanketed the landscape began to wisp away. In the process, they left behind some gorgeous views.
As the clouds worked their magic, I hit the road, walking up and down the grade to find the foreground that worked best with the ever changing sky. Besides stretching my legs, I enjoyed the challenge of finding the right foreground.
While it lasted for over 45min, it was over too soon for me. The Badlands are these very cool formations created in sandstore and when the have the right skies, there simply is no better place to shoot.
Photos captured by D3x, 14-24AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film