The Mittens & Star Trails - Monument Valley Tribal Park, Arizona
Nikon D5, 24-70mm f/2.8
This image was made between three and five in the morning. That meant the alarm went off at two am. Good thing I got to bed at a reasonable nine o’clock the previous evening.
One thing I was concerned about were clouds. You can see what I’m talking about in the middle portion of this image. Since this image was created with two hours of image data, there wasn’t a steady hazy mid-layer like you see here. But, there was a constant stream of thin(ish) clouds moving overhead that combined together to what you see here. For my part, this was totally unplanned. In fact, I worried I wouldn’t see any stars at all because the clouds were so thick. As easy as it is to see the stars here, in the middle of the night the situation was completely different. Even though you might not see stars did not mean the camera wasn’t capturing them. In fact, the reason there aren’t stars showing through the cloud in the mid-layer isn’t because of the thick clouds. It’s likely due to underlying light from the little towns in the distance.