Next image: A dip into the archives for this image. I have a large 40” or so Lumachrome of this in my office waiting room. It’s a scene I just love. This is the Grand View at the end of the Island in the Sky loop in Canyonlands National Park! It’s a drop off straight down probably close to a mile to the first deck. And who knows how far down the claw like canyons drop. Do you see the claw? Or the raptor hand? Full disclosure this is a composite, as I took the foreground before the Milky Way was all the way up as a very low iso long exposure like ~10 min. Then came back the same night and captured the stars. Then blended them in Photoshop. Which brings me to another thought. What is photography? What is art? I often think about those questions too often tho. Does it really matter? One thing I love about capturing the stars is that I get to share what my brain sees. See we all see things differently. We see with our minds not our eyes. The imagination is an amazing tool!!! So next time someone asks did you photoshop that. The answer is “yes”! It’s the tool that shares what my mind sees!!!
Previous image: While out in Death Valley to watch the Comet 💫 it was a dark clear night and the Milky Way was I’m full view!! I was over 100F when this was taken and a hot wind was coming right at us. I love how the lights on the horizon make me think of a hot oven blasting heat my way. I think I’ll name this image “Summer Heat”! It’s also amazing to see the mud cracks change over time. It’s been 6 months since I was last there and I’m not confident they’ve had rain since. So the cracks are definitely worn on the edges from the dry desert air. 📷: @canonusa 5DMarkIV @sigmaphoto 20mm f/1.4 @reallyrightstuff tripod and ballhead Image details: f/2 at 20 seconds and iso 10000 17 exposures taken and stacked in starry landscape stacker for noise reduction. 2 foreground images taken at f/2.2 at 3 min and 4 min at iso 800 and focused on the cracks and merged into with PS