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Milky Way Arch Over Kelso Dunes

Milky Way Arch over Kelso Dunes


In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 21 the Milky Way rose over the Kelso Dune Field in the Mojave National Preserve, Calif.


Taken around 2 a.m., this image was an interesting one to capture. The spot where this panorama was taken was a 1.5-mile hike from our campsite across a smaller dune field. The nighttime hike in such a desolate place was a bit strange at first, but because of the pleasant temperature, the soft sand and the clearly visible structure of the Milky Way, I had to stop a couple times just to take in the beautiful scene.


At the end of the 1.5-mile trek, I was in the middle of the tallest dune field with the tallest dune in the Kelso Dunes front and center at around 650 feet tall. I was also a bit concerned about what looked like clouds moving in from the east (the weather pattern here usually moves from west to east). When I was working on this image in post processing I was happy to see that what had looked like clouds was actually green and red airglow on the eastern horizon! Always a lucky capture when you get airglow like this in the shot :-) (FYI the big light dome on the left is Las Vegas which is about 100 miles to the northeast.)


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Date: 4/21/2018


~74 frame panorama 13 sec @6400 ISO


Camera: Canon 6D Hutech UV/IR Mod

Lens: Zeiss f1.4 Milvus 35mm at f2.2

Reveal Focus Filter by David Lane

Processing: Photoshop CC, MS Image Composite Editor

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Taken on April 21, 2018