Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT (EOS 350)
Lens: Canon EF 70–300mm f/4-5.6
Focal Length: 280mm
ISO Speed: 100
Without a doubt, the Painted Hills in Central Oregon is one of my absolute favourite places to visit and explore photographically. I’ve been back multiple times: each time, the light and the way it interacts with the ancient folds of the hillside has been completely different.
This abstract shot — zooming right in with my 70-300mm lens to focus on the details, including animal tracks down the slope — is from my first visit in December 2008. In my opinion, this is the best time of year to visit, because the low, southern winter sun makes fantastic, deep, long shadows. As summer approaches, the sun moves further north and shines directly onto the face of the hills, rather than across them, making for smaller, less-form defining shadows.