Silent Stargazers

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Tech Info:

  • Camera: NIKON D800E
  • Lens: 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Shutter: 1/4 sec
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F/9.5

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This Photo's ID: 4253

Field Notes Print Info

Winter in Bryce Canyon, Utah. It’s cold. Like 20 degrees below zero, but it felt like more like forty below from an aggressive wind biting at your face.

And I decide it might be fun to go out and shoot some star photos :)

Fortunately, I had plenty of arctic gear with me and that made all the difference in the world. My hands were always cold from dealing with the camera, but the rest of my body stayed surprisingly warm!

And what a TREAT!

While you’re bound to see a tourist or two during the day even in winter, at night you truly have this amazing place to yourself. Despite a bright crescent moon in the sky, the stars still managed to shine though brilliantly with the milky way diving right down the middle. My exposures were 4 minutes each so I had lots of time to enjoy the show.

(TECH NOTE – If you’ve ever done stars you’re probably wondering how I pulled off a 4 minute exposure without the stars streaking. I was using a tracking system to keep the camera aligned – this also has the effect of capturing WAY more stars than any “normal” night time camera techniques are capable of.)

As I made my exposures over the course of an hour or so, I watched constellations, shooting stars, and satellites all float by the “Silent City” below. The only sound was the wind as it came up from behind me and fell into the canyon. It would occasionally  build up to a gust that would try to tear through my insulation, but it made little progress and I’d quickly warm back up.

The entire time it was just me, the stars, and the eerie darkness. Surprising how when you’re out there like that how wild this place feels. I was literally just a three minute walk from the parking lot, but out there making these images it felt like I was totally removed from civilization.

After an hour or so I had taken all the shots I needed and besides, my hands were taking longer and longer to warm up. I don’t mind telling you, I could hardly stand the drive back to the hotel – I just couldn’t wait to check out the images on the computer! I’m personally thrilled with how this shot worked out and I hope you enjoy it too.

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6 Responses to Silent Stargazers

  1. kathy says:

    we have an awesomely beautiful planet.

  2. Bill Mihalovits says:

    You say that you used a tracking system to keep the camera aligned with the stars. Is this 2 separate exposures, the one tracking the stars and a stationary shot of the canyon scenary?
    I’m in awe of your work! Keep ’em coming!

  3. Mike says:

    Completely awesome photos!
    Iam jealous.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Buddy Hawkins says:

    Nice shot! What tracking system are you using? I’m beginning to do some night photography, and would like the long exposure without streaking stars.

    Thank you!

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