The Wave, a fantastic area of ancient, stone-frozen sand dunes and tortured rock, is a real favorite of mine. Among photographers it is both something of a Mecca as well as a cliche. There are quite a few photographers who shun the Wave since it is so popular, while at the same time folks visit from around the world hoping to receive a permit to make the hike to this special place. I have made at least four trips there (see past blog articles about the Wave), although the last couple times it was mostly for enjoyment and few new images came out of the effort. I wanted to do something very different this time. After some brainstorming with night photography expert and road trip buddy Garry McCarthy, we came up with a rough plan, watched the weather closely and finally decided it was worth a try. The following few images came from our efforts. It really was spectacular being alone at night at the Wave, with a slight warm breeze and occasional critter noises being the only sounds other than our time exposure camera clicks. If you like these, please check out a larger selection of Landscape Astrophotography pictures on this website or on my new Landscape Astrophotography website. If you are curious how some of the lighting was done, here is a self-portrait of me lighting the Wave during a long time exposure. These images were shot on today’s today cameras, with top optics, and will print well up to 4’x6′. Please contact me if you are interested in canvas murals or aluminum prints for your home or office. Cheers and thanks for looking!
- Under the African Night Sky
- Lunar Eclipse Sequence, Juniper and Standing Rock, Joshua Tree NP, April 2014.
- Light Painting Delicate Arch under the Milky Way, Arches National Park, Utah
- The Eyes of Utah – Natural Arches and the Milky Way
- Lunar Eclipse Sequence over Arch Rock, Blood Red Moon, April 14 2014
- Lunar Eclipse Blood Red Moon Sequence over Joshua Tree National Park
- Tips for Photographing the Blood Red Moon during a Total Lunar Eclipse
- Venus and Milky Way at Astronomical Twilight, Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park
- Full Moon Rising over the San Diego City Skyline
- Landscape Arch and Milky Way at Night, Arches National Park, Utah