Starry Cacti

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Admittedly, I am not great at night photography… but I’m learning, and the best way to get better is to go out and shoot.  So I tried my hand at some night shots of cacti.

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The clouds were troublesome… but cool.  It’s tough, as by the time the stars come out the foreground is dark.  Stomping around the cacti had me putting my foot in it – cactus, that is.  Here the moon is just shining through the clouds while the stars try to make an appearance.

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One this is for sure… I need more practice, and look forward to it.

 

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Milky Way over Mogollon Rim

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The Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona is very near to our home, for which I feel very fortunate.  The views are stunning, and varied.  Every overlook uncovers another view, with great ledges, moss, rocks and trees… truly a photographers haven.

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June is one of the best months of the year to see the Milky Way.  It is low on the horizon and bright in the sky.  With a new moon, it’s the perfect time to get great Milky Way photographs.  So with such a great opportunity we took full advantage of it, and got out to see if we could photograph the Milky Way over the Mogollon Rim.

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The challenge is to get decent foreground, but far enough away to be able to see it against the starry sky background.  The rocks in the front just don’t show up.

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So I selected 2 trees… one on each side of the Milky Way and did a 7 photo panorama to show the whole galaxy.

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Cool!

Then, I did a star trails photo.  This shot is 75 individual shots, each taken for 30 sec, over an hour… then stitched together to show the movement of the stars over time.

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Sedona Workshop – Scott Stulberg

I just got back from an amazing workshop in Sedona with Scott Stulberg.  Have you seen Scott’s work?  Simply put, it’s stunning.  I was looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Scott and further my knowledge particularly in sunsets, night, and star scenes.  I was not disappointed.  While it rained during our 4 day workshop, Scott was very accommodating and worked hard to make sure we got good shots and had a great time.  The workshop was intense and informative.  In short, outstanding!

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Sedona made for an awesome setting and backdrop for magnificent clouds, sunsets, and magical lighting.  Check out my other Sedona pix at http://kritterspix.com/pix and http://kritterspix.com/photo musings.sunset skyPSi

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