The 6 Day trip to Big Bend National Park is in the books. After cataloging 250 GB of data and sorting out the time lapses and locations visited, I already knew which image I wanted to work on first. This shot of Balanced Rock was lit from underneath with a flashlight and on the front from my headlamp in a sweeping motion. Also note, the final climb up to Balanced Rock in the dark can be a bit difficult with gear and especially if it is your first time. It would be best to go at sunset to get your bearings and then you can be treated to the Grapevine Hills walls lighting up with dynamic color from the setting Sun. The shots will be slowly rolled out as they are done along with the time lapses. And remember when visiting our State and National Parks to always follow the Leave No Trace principles. ================= @nikonusa D750 @tamronusa 15-30 G1 18mm, F/2.8, 15”, ISO 6400
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How would the Mule Ears look at night if your eyes were made like camera sensors? Probably a lot like this. The sky was tracked at 180” with the @ioptron_telescopes Skyguider Pro, but both images were taken with the @tamronusa 70-200 G2, the sky at 70mm to get more of the core, and the ground at 135mm as part of a sunset time lapse. Both images were also taken from roughly the exact same spot.
As Jupiter nears opposition (closest point to Earth in its orbit) I believe I’m getting the itch to break out the @celestronuniverse Nexstar 8SE telescope and the ancient ASI120MC to see if I remember how to take shots like this. Ironically, you don’t really take “pictures” of planets, rather you take video and stack the frames to get an image. If the weather holds out, I might just give it a whirl.
Let’s see. I still haven’t finished going through the files from the Big Bend trip. I still haven’t finished the 1,600 files from my kids’ dance recital 2 weeks ago. It’s Thursday and I already have 68 hours worked for the week with 3 days to go. To say I need another vacation is an understatement.
I wanted to attempt to capture as much of the Big Bend area as possible within our finite visit last week. Big Bend, and the Chisos Basin in particular, is an extremely dynamic and ever changing scene. The cloudless sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon had been a sky full of clouds just 2 hours prior, which was a cloudless sky before that. Sunset at the Window on Saturday night was followed just 30 minutes later by a severe thunderstorm with crazy lightning and hail. This mist coming off of the Chisos is the same morning as the cloudless sunrise, perhaps just 30 minutes later. That is just the weather. The Milky Way over Juniper Canyon off the Lost Mine Trail shows obvious green air glow along the horizon before the breathtaking galaxy rises from the ground. Mariscal Mine sits idle for almost 80 years, but the drive out there is totally worth it, even more so from Black Gap road if you’re feeling extra adventurous. When you add in the dynamic landscape, and some of the darkest skies in the world, a time lapse can do more justice than a single picture. I hope you enjoy this short video as much as I enjoyed capturing and compiling it.