Saguaro Moonset - Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona
Nikon D5, 14-24mm f/2.8, f/2.8, 30sec, ISO5000
After spending a week in Southern New Mexico for work, I decided to stop in Tucson on the way back to California for a couple of days. I planned to shoot the Milky Way. I think I described before how difficult it is to plan any Milky Way shooting session. The moon is a big consideration. The orientation of the Galactic Center is another. Turned out, this time of the year is a pretty good choice for Tuscon night shooting because the Galactic Center is to the Southwest not long after the moon set. That’s good because it’s away from the Tucson lights.
Tucson is an interesting night sky city because it promotes street lights that don’t indiscriminately shine light into the sky. Still, it’s a big city and even with initiatives like that, the skies aren’t perfectly dark. Saguaro National Park is neat because the western unit is no the opposite side of a small mountain range from the center of Tucson, making night photography possible. In fact, I probably saw at least three other photographers—including a group with a model wearing a white dress out there doing night photography.
This image is a multi-image composite of about 20 captures. A series of captures were made for the sky. Another set for the foreground using techniques to control the noise from shooting long exposure.
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