Celestial Sycamore Canyon


After the sun set, I positioned my camera/tripod on the edge of the canyon and put together this composition. I took a few exposures of the canyon in the fading twilight, turned off the camera, and went back to my Jeep for dinner. After dinner and a couple of beverages, I returned to the spot on the canyon’s rim where I had left my camera. By this time, the night sky was filled with millions of stars. I took several 20 – 30 second exposures. This shot is a combination of the canyon exposure at dusk (which I darkened to make more realistic) and the star exposure that I liked best. The light pollution on the horizon is probably either Sedona or Cottonwood. While processing the shot I counted six shooting stars (in a 30 second exposure).


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