Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Green Mile - Red Rock Canyon State Park

Glowstick lit path, Red Rock Canyon

Where is the new moon taking you this weekend? While a new moon is ideal for having dark skies it's not always required. Sometimes a crescent moon near the horizon in an opposite direction can help naturally light paint your foreground. You can even get away with getting a good shot if you have a moon well below the horizon. Best way to plan is to use a program like stellarium where you can map these things out in advance. You can also check the moon phases online so you do know when the next new moon will be.

We were out in Malibu Thursday night for the new moon but I haven't processed anything so here's one from Red Rock Canyon State Park. We experimented with the glow sticks all night and I ended up just holding one up for this pic. It did a nice job of putting a subtle glow on the path. Red rock is ideal for astro as you are far enough from LA but still only about 1.5 hours out.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/2.8, 20 sec, ISO-4000

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Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography
Landscape and Wildlife photography