BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith
BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith

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Awards

Member Selection Award
Contest Finalist in Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 11
Contest Finalist in Nightscapes Photo Contest
Peer Award
Absolute Masterpiece
Superb Composition
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Top Choice
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Outstanding Creativity
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Magnificent Capture
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Superior Skill
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All Star
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Genius
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Top ClassTM

Mountains And The Night Photo ContestTop 20 class
Mountains And The Night Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Mountains And The Night Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Rule Of Thirds Extravaganza Photo ContestTop 10 class
Color Theory Photo ContestTop 10 class
Color Theory Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Layered Compositions Photo ContestTop 10 class
Layered Compositions Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Layered Compositions Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Monthly Pro Vol 23 Photo ContestTop 10 class
Monthly Pro Vol 23 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Worldscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Worldscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Monthly Pro Vol 23 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Worldscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 11Top 10 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 11Top 10 class week 2
Desert Vistas Photo ContestTop 10 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 11Top 30 class week 1
Desert Vistas Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 30Top 10 class
Unique Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 30Top 30 class week 2
Unique Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Celebrating Nature Photography Day Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class
Celebrating Nature Photography Day Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class week 2
Covers Photo Contest Vol 30Top 30 class week 1
Nightscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Celebrating Nature Photography Day Photo Contest 2016Top 20 class week 1
Nightscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1

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9 Comments | Report
MLundberg1
 
MLundberg1 July 01, 2016
Just so good!!!
sandramurphy_0751
 
sandramurphy_0751 July 31, 2016
Awesome
avikgenxt
 
avikgenxt August 05, 2016
Out of world
JohnCookPhotography PRO+
 
JohnCookPhotography June 15, 2017
Wow
ArberElezi
 
ArberElezi July 20, 2017
Great
jeanlousauf
 
jeanlousauf January 04, 2018
Superb
isilvaphoto
 
isilvaphoto October 11, 2018
Stunning
taylorclemons
 
taylorclemons November 22, 2018
I love the texture of the sandstone
ryaalexandrea
 
ryaalexandrea Feb 14
Wow

Behind The Lens

Location
Coyote Buttes is a section of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness managed by the Bureau of Land Management, spanning extreme south-central Utah and north-central Arizona, south of US 89 halfway between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona.
Time
Blue hour thru midnight.
Lighting
This picture is a composite consisting of an early evening shot (blue hour) and much later in the evening to capture the milky way. The milky way was shot with multiple shots using a 50 mm 1.8 then stitched together in post and layered back into the original.
Equipment
Tripod, shutter release, Canon 7d a 28 mm and a 50 mm Canon lens.
Inspiration
Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness is inspiring enough but the skies out there at night, they are something else. I don't think I have seen better Milkyway skies since my time on the open ocean in the south China sea. The wide open space and complete lack of light pollution produces some of the best night skies. worth the time it takes to get the shot.
Editing
Post consisted of stitching and layering multiple shots to achieve the complete picture I was looking for.
In my camera bag
In the past I was a pack rat when it came to gear but these days I find myself more of a minimalist taking only what I feel I will need for a specific shoot. Camera, tripod a lens or two, protective and cleaning gear then maybe a filter or two. Less is more, it makes me stop and think thru my shots rather than rely on gear to do the work.
Feedback
A great location always helps. take your time, plan ahead and be patient. Look at what others are doing for inspiration and give it your own twist. I try to look at pictures I like and think of how I would have shot it differently. I am a bit of a surrealist and lean more towards a fantasy look while trying to stay on the cusp of realty. Sometimes it works and the rest of the time I learn from my mistakes. Most importantly enjoy yourself and take pictures that make you happy and if someone else likes them even better!

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