Photo Caption: Everett Bloom in Joshua Tree
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This shot was taken at Joshua Tree National Park and almost didn’t happen. This was my second night and after a very crowded first night, I was trying to find somewhere that would be empty. All the “popular spots” were so packed. While driving down an empty road at sunset I saw this open forest of Joshua Trees and knew this would be the spot. The Milky Way wasn’t going to rise until about 1:00 AM so I set up my camera and got some star trails in the meantime. After the Milky Way peeked up from the horizon I started shooting. With so many astrophotography photos I wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone. I originally used this technique about three years ago when I got my first DSLR. It’s simply a long exposure while zooming out. I used to do it on my Christmas Tree and it always looked very cool. I’ve seen this done with astrophotography before so I’m not claiming to be the first to do it. Just to add a little interest I decided to do another shot with me standing there to get a nice sillohoutte. So basically, it’s a long exposure zoom plus a single 30 second exposure. There is a lot of trial and error that goes into a shot like this while working alone since you can’t tell your partner where to stand or where to aim their light. It gets frustrating, but in the end it’s ALWAYS worth it.
Nikon D750 | ISO4000 | 30s | f/2.8 |
Manfrotto MK290XTA3-BHUS Tripod
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