Night With Milkyway and Moonglow - North Rim Grand Canyon NP, Arizona
Nikon D5, 14-24mm f/2.8, f/2., 30 sec, ISO 12,800
I’ve imagined a Milkyway over the Grand Canyon image for about five years, since I got interested in night photography. I tried to get that shot once about four years ago with less than satisfactory results. Despite lots of intention to try again, scheduling a visit in the right night/moon illumination conditions is a challenge. Well, it all came together last weekend.
While the moon hadn’t set yet, making night imagery a challenge, I’m helped by the relatively good amount of cloud cover leftover from the afternoon monsoon showers. Normally I don’t like clouds when shooting the Milkyway. In this case, it helps a lot, making a really complex image. Not only that, the clouds really help lower the Moon’s intensity by hiding it to the right of this image. About an hour later with the moon below the horizon, the image here is a lot different. *
If you’re wondering, the two lights on the canyon wall are mostly likely hikers making a descent into Phantom Ranch on the Colorado River. This is pretty impressive considering the lights are about 20 miles away from where I’m shooting.
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