Throne of Dreams

Equipment Info
SONY ILCE-7RM3
-7918863/1000000 sec. / ISO 1000
State/Province/Region
New Mexico
Nearest Area
Ah Shi Sle Pah Wilderness Study Area
Town
Nageezi
Notes

The Milky Way was photographed using a Star Tracker. The exposure for the Milky Way was 242 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1000.

Description

I spent a night in the Valley of Dreams, so I could photograph a particular area at sunset, night time and sunrise. For this night image, I wanted to convey the feeling of magic that this valley evokes in me. I envisioned a composition which would include a feature known as Alien Throne, with the Milky Way rising above it, which I hoped would not only transform the viewer into the scene, but also create the magical and otherworldly sensation that I experienced when visiting here. To present this shot the way I envisioned it, I set my tripod up a little after sunset, so I could photograph the foreground using a low ISO, and capture high detail. Camping very close by allowed me to return to my tripod at about 3:00 a.m. and photograph the Milky Way, until I was able to complete the desired composition. Both shots were blended later during post-processing.

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Date Added
June 5, 2021
Date Taken
May 26, 2021