After spending all of my first evening shooting this area, I kept shooting until the wee hours of the morning. This shot occurred before the full moon rose above the horizon and took away the clarity of the stars. This is a two shot blend. One is of the stars, the other of the foreground. For the foreground I used a headlamp to light paint for proper exposure. I tried to shoot a 35 min exposure, but it wasn't quite long enough. Also, the fact that there was another photographer there with me really limited the amount of times I could shoot that long of a shot without being in his way.
I've previsualized this shot for a long time and would love to redo it and better it. But I'm pretty pleased with this one for my first!
I was tempted to call this "light playground II", but I figured the view wasn't similar. However, this is the exact vantage point I shot my image "Light Playground". I can say over and over that there is no place like this where you can see the light play so many tricks with the landscape. This is mother natures canvas, and she paints some beautiful scenes for us to appreciate. The angle of the light here was just perfect, and to see this ridge glow like this was special. It goes without saying that my trip to the north rim of the grand canyon earlier this year brought some of the most dramatic and unique light I have been able to see. I still have many many more from this magical weekend to share believe it or not.
Locust point, grand canyon national park- Arizona.
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While photographing this area during one sunset and one sunrise, there were many different lighting conditions provided. This image was taken after the sun had been blocked by clouds diffusing the light and evenly illuminating the desert.
The shots below were taken in direct sunlight. Notice the difference?