Horseshoes

Location: Horseshoe Bend, AZ / Settings: F11-2.8, ISO 200, 229 seconds

Another idea that had some time to develop - Spectral Stallion over Horseshoe Bend. 

I feel like I've been brainwashed by instagram into visiting this location - I see it in photos almost everyday. The hike out there before sunset felt like a modern pilgrimage.

This location was packed when we visited around sunset. You can't blame anyone for wanting to see this in person, Nature can put on quite a show. Be prepared for crowds.

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Astrobandit and I brought a bottle of wine to share over sunset. We got these cool cups from a gem and rock store in Utah - Cheers from the edge.

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Hide and go sneak

Location: Sedona, AZ / Settings: F.10, ISO 400, 256 seconds

Gear: Canon 6D24-70mm LensManfrotto 190x Tripod, Night-Writer kit, Rosco color gels, and Remote shutter.

For this shot I had to take advantage of these trees - they seemed to be planted about three feet away from each other in the most meticulous manner.

There's a full moon just beyond those hills in the distance - it lit up the sky just right to give this image a good deal of depth. 

If you haven't seen my video on how to draw one of these light-skeleton dudes, check it out here for a step by step video demonstration - created with color-tipped LED light.

I colored the trees using red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, and deep blue rosco gels - casted light from just behind the camera.

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Spectral Triceratops Passes Time

Location: Sedona, AZ / Settings: F.16, ISO 1600, 217 seconds

Gear: Canon 6DRokinon 14mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release, and Proto Night-Writer.

For this shot, I was trying to capture part of the landscape in Sedona from Schnebly Hill, but was having difficulty because of the clouds blocking the moonlight. 

I opted for a high ISO and high Fstop to achieve this look, I like the way a long-exposure can capture slow movements - you can start to see some patterns emerge in the way the clouds flow, like an upside-down river.

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Ain't Life Grand?

Location: Grand Canyon, AZ / Settings: F.4, ISO 100, 102 seconds

Gear: Canon 6D,  24-70mm LensManfrotto TripodRemote Shutter-release and Night-Writer.

Stepping up to this sheer cliff is a unique experience. If I could fly, it would be a lot less nerve-racking! 

Either way, the Grand Canyon in Arizona definitely helps to put our lives in perspective. 6 million years helped to carve out this unique wonder of the world.

For this shot I didn't need much light, there was a nearly full moon that helped to light the depths of the Grand Canyon. I opted for a minimalist approach with the non-tipped bright-white Night-Writer.

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