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This massive rock formation in Chiricahua National Monument in southern Arizona stands over 80 feet tall.

This massive rock formation in Chiricahua National Monument in southern Arizona stands over 80 feet tall.
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dianeflynn
 
dianeflynn May 19, 2014
Awesome!
Bruz Ultimate
 
Bruz June 23, 2014
The colors in the rock and the night sky are awesome. Well done!

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Location
In Chiricahua National Monument. This amazing place is well known for it's incredible rock formations, known as hoodoos. These hoodoos are formed by wind and water erosion. Chiricahua National Monument is located in southeastern Arizona near the small town of Willcox.
Time
This particular shot was taken at about midnight.
Lighting
I used a flashlight to light up the foreground, using basic light painting techniques.
Equipment
Nikon D600, Rokinon 14mm 2.8, Tripod
Inspiration
I love the night sky. Blending the beautiful and strange rock formations with the amazing Milky Way as it rises in the middle of the night just came natural.
Editing
Night photography always requires a little extra post-processing, mainly in the form of noise reduction. In order to get the stars to stand out, a very high ISO is used. This in turn requires some noise reduction. I also sharpened the image and added some contrast.
In my camera bag
Nikon D600, Nikon D750, Rokinon 14mm 2.8, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR, Tokina 16-28mm 2.8, Nikkor 50mm 1.4, Nikkor 24mm 2.8, Nikkor 35-70 2.8, an array of ND and Circular Polarizer filters, extra batteries, battery grip, flashlights, trash bags and poncho (in case of rain), lightning trigger, cable release.
Feedback
Fast wide angle lenses, a solid tripod, and a camera that can handle high ISOs in excess of 3200 are necessary.

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