After the Milky Way’s core returning to the northern hemisphere I had been itching to get out and capture some images. I made a trip out to the park on Tuesday right after work. After the three hour drive I hiked around for a bit trying to find a unique spot. I set up my camera and waited for the clouds to clear, as predicted by the weather app on my phone. The more I waited, the more clouds seemed to roll in. I stayed up until almost 4:00 AM waiting for clear skies that never appeared. I went to bed for an hour before waking up to drive three hours to work and do it all again. The next time I lucked out with clear skies so I made the drive back to my original spot and found this stack of boulders with a giant hole in them. A person can easily walk through it if you’ve got good balance to navigate the smaller rocks. There was almost no light so I used a 760 second exposure on the foreground, a 20 second for the silhouette and 30 seconds on the zoom. The three shots were then stacked. Foreground: f/ 3.5 | ISO 500 | 760 seconds Zoom: f/ 2.8 | ISO 6400 | 20 seconds @nikonusa D750 @dolicacorp tripod
One of my new favorite spots at JTNP. If the moon, sun or in this case, car headlights hit the rock just right, it looks like a cat taking a nap. This is the same rock formation where I found the balanced rocks with the hole in the middle. That’s what I love about this place. No matter how many times you’ve been, you’re bound to find something new every time you go. Definitely a reason to keep it preserved.
I'm a little late but here is a blended shot of some meteors from the June Bootids. This was taken atop of a 250 ft. tall extinct cinder come volcano. It was 109 degrees at 10:00 PM. The heat was brutal. I read a story yesterday about an older couple who unfortunately succumbed to the elements while hiking here. Strenuous hiking during triple digit heat during the day is extremely dangerous. Bring and drink LOTS of water and always be prepared for the worst. Very sad. @NikonUSA D750