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The Milky Way Over Three Sisters. This was put together from 4 shots. The moon was about 25% lit to give me the light I wanted for the foreground for my first s...
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The Milky Way Over Three Sisters. This was put together from 4 shots. The moon was about 25% lit to give me the light I wanted for the foreground for my first shot about an hour after sunset. The others were taken to emphasize the Milky Way, a couple of hours later after the moon had set to darken the sky. I tried light painting the rock formation too, but not with great results. The formation is too large for really great artificial lighting and getting a high enough angle to look somewhat natural just didn't seem to work. Enjoy!
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onyanita Premium
 
onyanita June 29, 2015
brilliant....voted! Looks like a winner to me!
judithstopforth
 
judithstopforth July 02, 2015
great shot
LUsherLamacraft Premium
 
LUsherLamacraft July 29, 2015
Fabulous shot!
mtybumpo
 
mtybumpo August 19, 2015
Love, love LOVE this shot! You have some great photos in your gallery!
DavidXavierPerez PRO
 
DavidXavierPerez August 26, 2015
A brilliant shot!
CherylG
 
CherylG October 01, 2015
I am in awe!!! Your work is so amazing!!! Incredible!!!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon October 08, 2015
Superb image Blair, congratulations on your Finalist Win in the Trey Ratcliff's Put your Best Foot Forward competition... Best wishes in the Final
blairwacha PRO+
 
blairwacha October 08, 2015
Thanks for all your kind words and support, folks!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana October 08, 2015
An interesting shot!
tinawiley PRO+
 
tinawiley October 11, 2015
Outstanding creativity
JudyPowellPhotography PRO
 
JudyPowellPhotography October 14, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
JudyPowellPhotography PRO
 
JudyPowellPhotography October 14, 2015
Absolutely stunning!
Svea_Knetzke
 
Svea_Knetzke October 15, 2015
This is superb!
jimstennette PRO+
 
jimstennette October 17, 2015
Congrats on yet another reward on this photo! I love this image!
mayuronline
 
mayuronline October 21, 2015
this is an amazing shot. Please share with if you can, what setting did you use on the camera to take this photograph.
moniqueelferink
 
moniqueelferink October 23, 2015
Wow!!!
ntgreen PRO+
 
ntgreen October 30, 2015
I just love Goblin Valley ... went there many years ago and the campground was full so camped on BLM land nearby. What an amazing place! Great shot!
LovetoShoot Premium
 
LovetoShoot November 18, 2015
Great night shot of the Three Sisters. I was at Goblin State Park in Nov. 2013 stayed over night( the only person in the camp ground) I took a early morning sun raise but I like this Night shot very much, well done. Bruce
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon November 30, 2015
Congratulations Blair on your Finalist Win in Covers contest Volume 25 ... great image
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 January 04, 2016
So pretty. Congratulations on your award!
Bob5253 PRO+
 
Bob5253 February 05, 2016
Love Goblin Valley but your photo makes it look other worldly. Your skill in getting this shot is just wonderful. I tried to get a similar photo but without much success. Got to remember to take the lense cap off. It was a long night!!! Ha, ha!!!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 February 06, 2016
Congratulations again to your award!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb February 23, 2016
Congratulations on your innumerable Awards!
PhotosbyJLR PRO
 
PhotosbyJLR March 10, 2016
I don't know how to stack or stitch photos together. This is awesome!
PhotosbyJLR PRO
 
PhotosbyJLR March 10, 2016
I don't know how to stack or stitch photos together. This is awesome!
loveMustangs
 
loveMustangs March 14, 2016
Glad to see you won for this photo. Just mind blowing!!!
TY for sharing your fantastic work!!! Cheers!
loveMustangs
 
loveMustangs March 14, 2016
Glad to see you won for this photo. Just mind blowing!!!
TY for sharing your fantastic work!!! Cheers!
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 April 12, 2016
Stunning composite! Well done!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita June 30, 2016
yay...congrats Blair!!!!!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon June 30, 2016
Finalist in Nightscapes .. great photo, great result ....
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon August 16, 2016
Finalist in 5000 Dramatic Landscapes ... Its a win .. Win ... Win photo .. Congratulations
rkrings2
 
rkrings2 September 03, 2016
Beautiful job Blair!!!
vivid_exposure99
 
vivid_exposure99 October 29, 2016
How did you do that?? Magnificent capture btw!! :)
VenturaPics
 
VenturaPics January 28, 2017
Love this image!! Great shot!
ninanedelcheva
 
ninanedelcheva February 24, 2018
Perfect
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO October 29, 2018
wonderful photography
Kosmotheoros
 
Kosmotheoros Apr 06
Fantastic shot! Well done!
RickL PRO+
 
RickL May 08
Exceptional photography
bobbytaylor71 Premium
 
bobbytaylor71 Jun 19
Wow ... Stunning ... An incredible image/scene, skillfully captured ... Congrats on your awards, well done.

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Behind The Lens

Location
Goblin Valley State Park, UT
Time
There were a total of four exposures from the same location. The first was taken about an hour after sunset, with a crescent moon lighting the foreground. The other three were taken about two hours later after the moon had set and the Milky Way risen.
Lighting
The lighting is what makes the photo. The relationship of the Milky Way, the moon position and its phase are critical for this photo, leaving only a few days of the year this shot is even possible.
Equipment
Canon 6D camera body with a Canon 17-40mm wide angle lens.
Inspiration
I decided this would be the year of the night photo for me. I travel far and wide to try to get great shots. In the past I prayed for partly cloudy skies to light dusk and dawn shots. This year I looked for clear skies.
Editing
Yes, I used Photoshop to blend the photos. Multiple shots were taken of the Milky Way and blended for noise reduction.
In my camera bag
Lots of Canon equipment, a red headlamp, and an intervalometer.
Feedback
It's all about research. You can only hope for the weather to cooperate.

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