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Milky way over the Rock Arch of Joshua Tree NP, CA

Milky way over the Rock Arch of Joshua Tree NP, CA
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vbdolorsbas923191 February 25, 2016
ericbennett March 22, 2016
thanks a lot, my friend.
bigblockcarl March 22, 2016
Hi Eric,

Just curious. How long did it take you to set this shot up. I have been there and have a b&w of the same area. I so love this shot.

Thanks and the best of light.

ericbennett March 23, 2016
To set up? Not every long. I was just taking photos for a while and moving the camera around each time to try different comps and perspectives. Then when I liked it I got up top and my girlfriend pressed the shutter for me. Glad you like it!
markgossman April 28, 2016
Great Photo, I believe good shots should not take long to take. The best ones are impluse pics.
krsreddy158 April 29, 2016
Just perfect - period
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Witmar June 26, 2016
excellent picture
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LucBaekelandt July 16, 2016
Fantastic shot!!!
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IvanGumenyuk April 23, 2017
Just awesome! Love it.
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Alwolfe September 07, 2017
Truly awesome!
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken during late summer of 2015 in Joshua Tree, NP.
Because of the Milky Way's position in the sky, I was able to take this photo at 11:00PM or so.
The moon was out while I took this shot, perfectly illuminating the foreground. As it set it caused a nice, orange glow to appear on the horizon next to the milky way. The moonlight was just soft enough for the Milky Way to still be vibrant.
This photo was taken with a Canon 6D and a Canon 16mm f/2.8 L lens on a basic Manfrotto tripod.
I had seen Milky Way shots at this location before and I thought it would be neat to get a shot of the Milky Way up above imitating the arch rock below.
This image was processed in Camera RAW and PS CS6. I did minor adjustments with a contrast and clarity brush to bring out the Milky Way details and colors in RAW and then in PS I opened up the shadows a bit and brought down the highlights, did some dodging and burning, added orton, and adjusted color, contrast, and sharpness.
In my camera bag
I usually just roll around with my Canon 6D, a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L, and a nifty fifty. I always carry 10 or so batteries and 5 SD cards, a shutter release remote, a headlamp, and most importantly, a lens cloth.
Just figure out where the Milky Way will be in the sky during different times of the year, find a good spot that will be facing in its direction. Open your aperture all the way, slow your shutter down to 25" or so depending on how wide your lens is, and then bump your ISO up to at least 1600. If you are facing in the right direction and it is the right time of the year, you will be able to expose the Milky Way. You can also spot the Milky Way with your naked eye if you look for it and let your eyes adjust to the dark.

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