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Sedona Chapel Moonrise Vortex
One of the known Sedona Energy Vortexes, the Chapel of the Holy Cross gives some people special significance. I figured there'd be no better way to capture it than with a nighttime capture under the stars. And with a little luck, I was able to capture the moon as it first rose up above the mountain behind the chapel. This moment created a brilliant light that ended up adding a lot to the starry night scene.
I'll admit that I got a little lucky on this image in two ways. One factor that you don't see here is that I had a bright light glowing from the chapel for the first 30 or so minutes I was there before it was finally turned off - showing the gentle illumination from the chapel you see here. Second was that I knew the moon would be rising to the right of the chapel but I didn't bother to look up the exact positioning. And since I didn't really want the moon to be in my picture since it was so bright (that night), I found myself hoping to somehow catch some interesting glow from it before it came up. No, I didn't catch a Milky Way but I did catch something pretty cool.
This image was taken from Sedona, Arizona during a scouting trip for an upcoming Night Photography Workshop in Grand Canyon and Sedona, Arizona. More details on these and other great learning opportunities at http://www.coloradocaptures.com/night-photography-training.
This image is a composite image with two exposures making up the final image. The difference between the two however is minimal. When the moon's light first rose up above the mountain, I knew I'd be too busy capturing to deal with light painting at the same time. So I did some light painting as I was waiting for the moon to rise and used that as my first frame before the moon rose so I'd have them both to possibly blend later.
I used Photoshop to blend the two exposures and used Star Spikes Pro 2 to add spikes to the brightest of stars above.
• Camera Body - Nikon D800 Digital SLR Camera
• Camera Lens - Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens
• Tripod Head - FEISOL CB-50DC Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate
• Tripod Legs - FEISOL Elite CT-3472 Rapid Tripod Legs
• Remote Trigger - Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs
Composite Image With Two Exposures
Exposure #1 (with light painting):
• ISO: 1600
• Aperture: f/2.8
• Shutter Speed: 10 seconds
Exposure #2 (with moon rising):
• ISO: 800
• Aperture: f/2.8
• Shutter Speed: 10 seconds
Night Photography Workshop in Grand Canyon & Sedona:
Sedona Vortexes: http://www.lovesedona.com/01.htm
October 31st, 2013
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