When A 5 Star Hotel Just Isn't Enough
No, I was not really camping at this location but it sure makes for a fun picture! Light from glowing stars, a rising moon, and a little tea light inside my tent combined to make this longtime vision come to life in an image that should look great in a print.
With our teaching workshops at this location, it wasn't hard to come up with this vision and so I came back on my own time (not during a workshop) with a plan to make it happen. Many thanks to workshop alumni Hal Mitzenmacher for joining me and making it such a memorable experience. :-)
If you're lucky enough to visit this location in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, please treat it with respect, follow "leave no trace" principles, and be very careful to minimize unnecessary risks.
Night Photography Workshop Notes: At this time, we're full in May and almost full in both July and August. We have spots available in April, June and September though so make sure to check out the details at NightPhotographyWorkshop.com to see which event fits your calendar.
How I Got The Shot
Timing was the key to get the Milky Way in position with the moon rising. Of course, having been to this location many times made the composition a lot easier. First step was finding rocks and then setting up the tent with the rocks inside to keep the wind from pushing my tent over the cliff. I put a small tea light inside the tent and covered it with a t-shirt to diffuse the light. Then, I got my low level lighting in position on the far right side. Then when the moon popped up, I shot 25 exposures. In stacking the sequence, I was very happy that I captured so many frames because it made a huge difference in the level of noise - especially in the canyon below.
• Camera Body - Sony A7RII
• Camera Lens - Sigma 20mm f/1.4
• Tripod Head - Acratech GP Ballhead with Lever Clamp
• Tripod Legs - FEISOL Elite CT-3472 Rapid Tripod Legs
Exposure Settings - 25 Stacked Exposures
• ISO: 12,800
• Aperture: f/2.0
• Shutter Speed: 15 seconds
January 18th, 2019
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