Orion Nebula HDR

An early experiment in using different exposures to build a high dynamic range (HDR) image of the Orion Nebula. The “Running Man” nebula is revealed to its upper left.

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Monument Valley, Navaho Nation
5 November 2005
Televue 85 f/5.6
Canon EOS 20Da


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Monument Valley Lightshow

A 90-minute exposure captures a variety of lights.  The stars mark their clockwork passage across the sky of course, but civilization also leaves its mark.  Airplane beacons flash as they pass through, distant towns show on the horizon, and local traffic finds its way along the private road below.  Private, but not unseen, and when the headlights aim in my direction, with the lens wide open, the film captures their flare.

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Monument Valley, Navaho Nation
4 November 2005
Pentax 6×7, 55mm f/3.5, 90 minutes
Kodak E200 +1 stop push


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Earth Shadow behind Monument Valley

As the sun sets in the west, the view to the east shows a distinct purplish band at the horizon.  This is the Earth’s shadow on the sky, a forecast of the twilight to come.

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Monument Valley, Navaho Nation
3 November 2005
Canon EOS 20Da


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Earth Shadow behind Mitten

The sun has just set and the remaining colors cast a warm glow on the “North Mitten”.  The sky behind it shows the shadow of the Earth on the sky just above the horizon.

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Monument Valley, Navaho Nation
3 November 2005
Canon EOS 20Da


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Coffee Table Nightscapes Resume

I have used this blog as a vehicle to “pre-publish” the pages for what I call “Coffee Table Nightscapes”. I’ve been reviewing the night sky pictures and astrophotos that I have taken over the last few decades, selecting my favorites, annotating them, and preparing them to be published as a photo book. They begin with pictures of comet Hale-Bopp in 1997, include many from my Nightscape Odyssey taken in 2001, and I had worked my way up through the 2004 pictures from Yosemite.

I will now pick up from there by posting pictures of Monument Valley during a trip to Arizona in 2005. The full story of obtaining these photos has already been presented in earlier blog entries. Here is a portrait of the distinctive landscape at sunset, one I have included among the banner images on this site.

As I approached the Navaho Nation, the sun set and I was able to take this photo of Monument Valley from afar, silhouetted by the glowing sky

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Utah, northwest of Monument Valley
2 November 2005
Canon EOS 20Da


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Yosemite Valley by Moonlight

The light of a setting crescent moon illuminates the famous valley.  El Capitan looms on the left, a point of light is seen on its face, the flashlight of a climber, strapped to the wall for an overnight pause in progress.  Half Dome is in the distance, and Bridalveil Falls pours reflected moonlight into the valley, the headlights of cars seeming to carry it downstream alongside the Merced River.

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Yosemite National Park, CA
April 2004
Pentax 67 w 55mm lens at f/4
60 minute exposure on Provia 400


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