Milky Way Over Arches

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D7000
State/Province/Region
Nevada
Nearest Area
Valley of Fire
Town
Crystal, NV
Brief Directions

I-15 about 33 miles North of Las Vegas. Take exit 75 towards Valley of Fire E/Lake Mead. Merge onto Valley of Fire Hwy and continue for 18 miles. Turn left onto Mouse’s Tank Rd. Continue straight and then you’ll soon take a right at the Valley of Fire visitor’s center

Notes

Composite of two images from a stationary camera: one at dusk, and one at night.

Description

I spent several days photographing the unique landscape of the Valley Of Fire State Park in Nevada. I hiked the drainages to find these side-by-side arches. I thought this would make a great Milky Way shot if everything lined up. I used a smartphone app to determine if the Milky Way would rise over these arches. So, I made myself comfortable, and waited. At dusk, I set my camera up and took a picture of the arches since I didn’t have my gel lights with me and I wanted the foreground subjects to be evenly lit. Then, I took another image after the Milky Way had risen. In post-processing, I combined the two pictures.

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Date Added
August 2, 2021
Date Taken
December 16, 2020