While I was in Montana, I made a somewhat-not-so-quick trip to the Bighorn Canyon for a little kayaking. I always try to get to the Bighorn whenever I'm in Montana, as it is pretty much my favorite place, but I haven't ever kayaked in it before.
If you look at the canyon walls in the above photograph, you can see the moon beginning to cast its light on the Bighorn. This was as far as I would make it into the canyon.
I started out at Barry's Landing just before sunset. I rented a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 to mount on my Nikon D750. When I got home, I realized that the copy of lens that I got was pretty much horrible. It was very soft in the corners even stopped down. Fortunately I also had my 20mm 1.8G with me, which never disappoints.
As I was getting to the boat landing, a doe mule deer and a couple fawns were crossing the road. This one turned back to look at me before ducking under the fence.
In no time I was on the water. I really like the wide perspective of the 14mm lens here. It kinda shrinks the walls in the distance for sure though...
I was kinda 'chasing' the sunset a little bit. It was fading fast for sure! I was paddling hard to get to spots with light on the canyon walls.
Fortunately I found a spot to get out of the kayak and shoot a few shots as the daylight turned to moonlight.
The Big Dipper was very prominent in the sky, especially since the moon washes out most of the stars.
A little further down, I really liked this scene with the protruding rock with the Big Dipper in the scene. The only problem was trying to find a spot to shoot! I found a very small section of rock sticking out that was just big enough for my and my tripod. I had to really keep watch on the boat as I didn't have a good spot for it to come out of the water.
If you look just past the boat, you can really see just how much of this canyon is sheer walls. I was fortunate to have a spot to get out that still gave me a decent composition for the above photo.
I stopped one more time before heading back. I was about 1am by now, and I still had quite a ways to paddle before getting to the boat landing.
This was a crazy fun trip! Next time I would like to arrive a little earlier and get all the way to Devil Canyon. I had to meet a friend for coffee in Billings at 7:30 am, so I was a little time constrained(but still having fun)
As I was leaving the canyon, these guys were crossing the road. ... Thanks for looking!