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Night With Milkyway and Zion Canyon - Zion NP, Utah<br />
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Nikon D5, 24mm, f/2.0, 30 sec, ISO 10,000<br />
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I’m completely surprised this image worked out based on the struggles I had when I first started shooting this night.  This image was taken at the Canyon Overlook from where you can see Zion Canyon.  I had never trekked the 1/2mile little trail until I did in the middle of the night.  I’d never stood at the overlook, the edge of the 500’ drop until that night.  Funny enough, I wasn’t the only person out there in the middle of the night.  Interestingly enough, I wasn’t the only person out there in the middle of the night.  A group was walking around, headlamps glowing, carrying on thinking their sound wasn’t echoing throughout the canyon.  Despite all that, setting up and getting to shoot, I immediately realized, I was probably over my head on this.<br />
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The problem was I was completely unprepared for dealing with the very bright moon and the Milkyway not being positioned well for a good composition.  I had to rethink how I was going to collect the light to make a usable image.  You see the challenge with these situations is everything happens slower because exposures take forever—upwards of 30 seconds.  And, things don’t necessarily come together when you combine all that imagery with your computer when you’re back at home.  Not only that, shooting so everything was relatively in focus is a super challenge when you’re using a large lens aperture to let in as much light as possible.<br />
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Difficult as it was, this image showed it worked out.<br />
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This particular image is made from 28 individual image captures taken in two rows of seven positions.  The bottom row had three images shot at each of the seven positions from left to right.  The top row, the sky was only a single image take at the seven positions from left to right.  In post processing, I added another, darker layer, by underexposing the upper layer.  All told, this final image is 35 total files combined into what you see.<br />
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Why is this important?  It’s because night photography is not easy, especially if you’re combining images to make a large panorama like I am.  What you see is a very wide composition with an extremely high dynamic range—broad light to dark areas.  It’s definitely something that’s not viewable with the naked eye.  But, I had a vision, in my mind’s eye, of what it should look like.  That’s what I created here.<br />
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I imagined this particular scene when I made my lodging reservations to stay near this stop over a month ago.  But, I had no control over the weather, which turned out fabulous.  Nor did I really estimate where the Milkyway would be when the moon finally set.  I was off by tens of degrees making the Milkyway well off the middle of the canyon when I finally arrived at this point.  Because of the effort—time wasted—making other compositions, by the time I made this composition, I’d been standing at this point for two hours which made the galactic center of the Milkyway move to this very nice position.  In the end everything worked out perfectly.<br />
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People might be wondering, what’s the big deal?  The issue is night photography is a bit like a box of chocolates.  Every time is a little different.  After doing it enough, you become a bit more predictive of what’s going to happen during post processing.  Until then, shooting at night is almost a crap shoot, you have no idea what’s going to happen.  Turns out, I must’ve done something right because all 35 image files merged together perfectly to what you see now.  I couldn’t be happier.  <br />
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Sure there are special techniques to make this all workout.  I think the explicit techniques are less important than the overall quality of the imagery.  Making your final image look something similar to your mind’s eye is very important, maybe the most important characteristic of these types of images.  <br />
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#Nikon #Nikonphotography #naturephotography #milkyway #night #astrophotography #grandcanyon #arizona #northrim

Night With Milkyway and Zion Canyon - Zion NP, Utah
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Nikon D5, 24mm, f/2.0, 30 sec, ISO 10,000
*
I’m completely surprised this image worked out based on the struggles I had when I first started shooting this night. This image was taken at the Canyon Overlook from where you can see Zion Canyon. I had never trekked the 1/2mile little trail until I did in the middle of the night. I’d never stood at the overlook, the edge of the 500’ drop until that night. Funny enough, I wasn’t the only person out there in the middle of the night. Interestingly enough, I wasn’t the only person out there in the middle of the night. A group was walking around, headlamps glowing, carrying on thinking their sound wasn’t echoing throughout the canyon. Despite all that, setting up and getting to shoot, I immediately realized, I was probably over my head on this.
*
The problem was I was completely unprepared for dealing with the very bright moon and the Milkyway not being positioned well for a good composition. I had to rethink how I was going to collect the light to make a usable image. You see the challenge with these situations is everything happens slower because exposures take forever—upwards of 30 seconds. And, things don’t necessarily come together when you combine all that imagery with your computer when you’re back at home. Not only that, shooting so everything was relatively in focus is a super challenge when you’re using a large lens aperture to let in as much light as possible.
*
Difficult as it was, this image showed it worked out.
*
This particular image is made from 28 individual image captures taken in two rows of seven positions. The bottom row had three images shot at each of the seven positions from left to right. The top row, the sky was only a single image take at the seven positions from left to right. In post processing, I added another, darker layer, by underexposing the upper layer. All told, this final image is 35 total files combined into what you see.
*
Why is this important? It’s because night photography is not easy, especially if you’re combining images to make a large panorama like I am. What you see is a very wide composition with an extremely high dynamic range—broad light to dark areas. It’s definitely something that’s not viewable with the naked eye. But, I had a vision, in my mind’s eye, of what it should look like. That’s what I created here.
*
I imagined this particular scene when I made my lodging reservations to stay near this stop over a month ago. But, I had no control over the weather, which turned out fabulous. Nor did I really estimate where the Milkyway would be when the moon finally set. I was off by tens of degrees making the Milkyway well off the middle of the canyon when I finally arrived at this point. Because of the effort—time wasted—making other compositions, by the time I made this composition, I’d been standing at this point for two hours which made the galactic center of the Milkyway move to this very nice position. In the end everything worked out perfectly.
*
People might be wondering, what’s the big deal? The issue is night photography is a bit like a box of chocolates. Every time is a little different. After doing it enough, you become a bit more predictive of what’s going to happen during post processing. Until then, shooting at night is almost a crap shoot, you have no idea what’s going to happen. Turns out, I must’ve done something right because all 35 image files merged together perfectly to what you see now. I couldn’t be happier.
*
Sure there are special techniques to make this all workout. I think the explicit techniques are less important than the overall quality of the imagery. Making your final image look something similar to your mind’s eye is very important, maybe the most important characteristic of these types of images.
____________________
*
#Nikon #Nikonphotography #naturephotography #milkyway #night #astrophotography #grandcanyon #arizona #northrim


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