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Over Alstrom | by Ryan Moyer
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Over Alstrom

This is the Milky Way shot I referenced in my previous post, "Water Maze".

 

It's a shot I've had planned for a while now. The first really big vacation out west I ever went on as a kid was out to Lake Powell with my family, so being able to combine that subject with astrophotography, something I am so passionate about, was truly a special experience.

 

For a little while though, it was less special as after shooting sunset I tried to catch some shut-eye to no avail with 50-70mph wind gusts nearly collapsing my tent on top of me. Once midnight came I gave up on the sleep and got set up for the rise of the milky way.

 

It was a bit unnerving at first with the wind, and I was timid about taking my hand off the tripod for fear it would get blown over the edge. All night long every time I started an exposure I kept my hand an inch away from my tripod just in case it started moving towards the edge so I could catch it if need-be.

 

I ended up shooting the whole scene as a panorama of 3-rows with a 35mm lens. The town of Page, AZ was nice enough to cast some reflected light down on the rocks and add a nice glow to the scene that makes it almost look like sunset even though it was actually the middle of the night.

 

All in all, it came together just as I had envisioned it.

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Uploaded on June 16, 2018