Canon R5 and RF 15-35mm Lens Visit Cracked Eggs, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area
The Cracked Eggs (or Alien Egg Hatchery) rock formations about 2 miles into Bisti Badlands, De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area are an intriguing subject.
This scene called for the classic use of a wide-angle focal length. Move in close to render the foremost egg large while keeping nearly the entire hatchery and a significant amount of interesting background in the frame. This lens can go significantly wider, but 22mm seemed the right choice for the background details inclusion.
Selecting the camera height is typically a necessary consideration for landscape photography. In this case, a high position provided separation of the foreground cracked egg and the one behind it. This position also showed the number of cracked eggs vs. having foreground eggs obscuring them.
Scouting showed that this scene would look great at sunset, and that timing was the photographic plan implemented. As is often the case, the light was best immediately before the scene went into shadows, the optimal (warmest) light only lasted for a few minutes, and the images shot before the best light are seldom seen by anyone else.
Immediately before the eggs went into shadows, I flipped the camera to vertical orientation (Cracked Eggs at Sunset) (an L-bracket makes this change fast and holds the same alignment) to capture a variation. When the eggs went into shadows (Cracked Eggs in Sunset Shade, they were evenly illuminated, and the glowing canyon walls in the background remained attractive.
22mm f/11.0 1/8s ISO 100
Cracked Eggs at Sunset, Bisti Badlands, De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area
Immediately after capturing this scene with the camera in horizontal orientation with the warmest light of the day reaching the cracked eggs, switching to vertical orientation captured this image.
29mm f/11.0 1/5s ISO 100
Cracked Eggs in Sunset Shade, Bisti Badlands, De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area
When the cracked eggs went into the evening shade, my initial thoughts were that the best shots were on the card. However, I continued shooting because the canyon wall was still in warm sunset light.
In the end, I wasn't certain that this wasn't my favorite of this evening's image.
21mm f/11.0 1/5s ISO 100