Zion at night.... with a real camera.

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    After many years of waiting.... I finally had the opportunity to do some nighttime stuff at Zion National Park with a DSLR.

    A little over 5 years ago, I was driving through here at night with a couple inches of snow and a full moon. It was aw-inspiring and breathtaking . . . and all I had was my first digital camera (a Nikon Coolpix 5700) and very little photography experience.

    Now even though there was no snow, the moon was 90% full and I had an amazing night.

    To get this one, I set up the camera, fired a couple of test shots, and then drove with only my park lights on (the head lights were too bright) past the camera once in each direction.

    It was a 168 second exposure with a f/7.1 aperture and the ISO speed was 400. The camera was a Canon EOS 40D with the 15mm fisheye.

    cormack13, ChrisIrmo, jrtce1, and 47 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. matthewkaz 61 months ago | reply

      very cool.

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    2. cormack13 61 months ago | reply

      This is cool, especially since that's your car zooming by.

    3. ChrisIrmo 61 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Love the star trails and the car trails.

    4. sooloveselvis 61 months ago | reply

      Oh WOW!!! Stunning!!!

    5. jrtce1 61 months ago | reply

      That is a totally awesome shot!!. If you have any Death Valley questions for your trip, let me know I have been there about 35 times. Its my favorite place on the planet.

      JT

    6. matthewkaz 61 months ago | reply

      amen on Death Valley. Go to Saline Valley and check out the little oasis there with hot tubs :)

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    7. Bob West 61 months ago | reply

      awesome.... fantastic results, well worth the effort.......

    8. Picture_taking_fool 61 months ago | reply

      Big thanks to everyone for looking and taking the time to comment....

      - jrtce1 and McPhloyd , I got to visit Death Valley three nights later - when the moon was full. It was extremely overcast, but still had a great night and got some good stuff.

      - thanks Bob.

    9. LxWt 60 months ago | reply

      SO great! I'm considering the Canon EOS 40D... and this is really making me want it BADLY now! What a great shot!

    10. .transatlanticism. 47 months ago | reply

      that's one of the best long exposure shots i've ever seen! thank you for sharing.

    11. schrockinator 47 months ago | reply

      Very well done! Thanks for the information on your technique!

    12. Gavin Mackintosh 47 months ago | reply

      so cool. nice work.

    13. PastSide 47 months ago | reply

      Absolutely fantastic!

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