Excellent Photo Adventures…Chasing The Light…Moonlight

Being in the right place at the right time with the right light is what photography is all about.  My first week in the southwest we had clear skies which wasn’t the ideal for daytime landscapes with blue sky days but, after dark we had great clear skies and a new moon providing great conditions for night skies and star trails.  The second week we had great clouds to fill the skies making for beautiful daytime landscapes but, when the sun went down the moon was nearing it’s half phase, was high in the sky and there were clouds.  Were we shut out?  Not at all, we simply made adjustments to our plans and set out to photograph the night sky.  Arriving at Antelope Canyon in the dark, the first thing I saw was that the moon was illuminating the outside of the canyon walls which were dark the previous week and there were some wispy clouds above the canyon.  We set up and made some images.  I like the way the wall is lit and the clouds add another dimension to the night sky…

Nikon D4, AF-S 14-24mm 2.8

 

When we had finished up at Antelope Canyon we headed to Horseshoe Bend in the dark and made the trek over the hill to get away from the light pollution of Page.  We found a group of interesting rocks and set up to photograph the stars and the moon.  With a thirty second exposure we were able to capture the pinpoint stars and yet capture some movement in the clouds.  Once we got our exposure dialed in, we began making images.  A quick review showed that we were capturing starbursts form the brightness of the moon.  A quick conversion to B&W using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 finished the image to my liking…

Nikon D4, AF-S 14-24mm 2.8

 

The moral of the story is to make the best of the conditions that the photo gods throw at you.  There are some wonderful images to be made even when the conditions aren’t exactly as planned.  Stay tuned.