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Milky Way over Chimney Rock | by IronRodArt - Royce Bair ("Star Shooter")
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Milky Way over Chimney Rock

Milky Way rises over Chimney Rock, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

 

Last May, with the help of two friends, Al & Vivek, I was finally able to accomplish a dream I’ve had for many years: photograph the rising Milky Way core over Chimney Rock. To get the effect I wanted, it had to have artificial lighting to bring out the structure and texture of this natural butte.

 

I like to use Low Level Landscape Lighting (LLL) whenever possible, but in order to correctly light this 580 feet high rock, my 2 F&V Z96 LED panel lights had to be placed about 1,000 feet away and running full power —hardly qualifying for LLL status! Now, the amount of light reaching the rock was only about 0.01 Lux (and left on during the whole camera exposure), so that part does qualify for LLL. Luckily, we never saw another soul during the 2 hours we were there, so we disturbed no one.

 

See previous post for a comparison of exposure techniques >>

 

You can find more night photography techniques in my ebook, Milky Way NightScapes, which gives extensive details on my style of starry night landscape photography. Four chapters cover planning, scouting, forecasting star/landscape alignment, light painting, shooting techniques and post processing.

 

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Taken on May 12, 2016