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Night exposure of the Milky Way outside Red Rock Canyon Park in Las Vegas, NV

Night exposure of the Milky Way outside Red Rock Canyon Park in Las Vegas, NV
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10 Comments | Report
danikelii
 
danikelii June 09, 2014
Doesn't get any better than that!
traceprinslooreppin
 
traceprinslooreppin July 25, 2014
...superb :-)
Sandyfriedkin1942 PRO+
 
Sandyfriedkin1942 August 23, 2014
Beautiful capture. Sandy
terryrawcliffe
 
terryrawcliffe September 24, 2014
That's awesome.
ToddGrivettiPhotography PRO+
 
ToddGrivettiPhotography December 08, 2014
Great shot Matt. Exposure time is excellent and really brings out the milkyway. DOF is clear as is the POV.
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ToddGrivettiPhotography December 08, 2014
Great shot Matt. Exposure time is excellent and really brings out the milkyway. DOF is clear as is the POV.
Chrissimpson01
 
Chrissimpson01 January 19, 2015
Wonderful capture, I am just trying to take night shots of stars, any tips would be welcome.
davidservis PRO+
 
davidservis February 06, 2015
WOW amazing capture..
moniqueelferink
 
moniqueelferink November 14, 2015
Love your milkyway shots!
charlenekoritnik
 
charlenekoritnik December 03, 2017
The colors of this are so beautiful! Great shot!

Behind The Lens

Location
First Creek parking area at Red Rock National Conservation Area, Nevada
Time
Night time
Lighting
The light pollution from Las Vegas highlights the tops of the mountains to make them show up with out additional light in the exposure
Equipment
Canon 60d with a Canon 18-135mm lens and tripod
Inspiration
The very 1st time I wanted to try a night exposure of the Milky Way my fellow photographer friend Dani and I started out at Calico Basin practicing exposures. He had to head home since it was getting late and I made a last minute decision to drive down the road by Red Rock National Recreational Area on my way home. My favorite non fee area of the park is the First Creek pull off area. I decided to stop by and practice some more of what I had just learned and snapped this image.
Editing
I used the selection tool in Photoshop to select and adjust the exposure, levels and contrast on the mountains then selected the sky and adjusted exposure, curves and contrast separately. After I deselected both of them I did a final contrast.
In my camera bag
Canon 60d, Canon 18-135mm, Pro Master 11-18mm and Tamron 70-300mm
Feedback
I set the lens focus at infinity and aperture at f/3.5 with a starting point of ISO of 1250 and shutter of 20/1. I then take multiple exposure adjusting just my ISO and shutter up and down to have several different exposures to choose from in post processing.

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