Milky Way Joshua Tree Rock Arch
Previous Next
Milky Way Joshua Tree Rock Arch

The Rock Arch in Joshua Tree provides a perfect foreground for milky way photography. This was my first attempt photographing stars in Joshua Tree (actually any night sky photography). The better part of the milky way was actually in the other part of the sky, but in order to make the composition work with the arch I had to shoot this direction. I’d like to come back in the summer to get a different part of the milky way into the photograph.

Technical details: This photo was at 16mm on a full-frame Canon 5D Mk II (my widest lens, though I wish I could go wider), f/2.8 for 30 seconds at ISO 4000. No HDR here, but I did some curves and levels to increase the contrast in the sky to bring out the stars more. I light painted the foreground rocks with a flashlight - my hand blocking most of the light since it was too bright. With this type of shot, the basic goal is to get as much light captured without getting star trails. At 16mm this means not exposing longer than 30 seconds. Be sure to come at new moon if you want to shoot the milky way because otherwise you won’t see much since the sky will be too bright from the moon.

You can buy this photo here, with many options including standard prints, canvas gallery wraps, gift cards, mugs, T-shirts and much more.


Posted Jan 22, 2014 10:53 am

Related California Photos

Creek above Twin Lakes Blue Angels at Dusk Ball of Fire California Poppies: Antelope Valley Mammoth Twin Lakes Falls Abandoned Rusty Car - Bodie Ghost Town Pico Station Baldy Descent Cholla Cactus Garden - Joshua Tree National Park Peace

See all California Photos (107)

Related Desert Photos

Kata Tjuta - The Olgas Aerial View The road to Joshua Tree Desert Bloom - Antelope Valley, CA Suspended Boulder Textures of the Fire Rock - Uluru Up Close Uluru Sunset - Ayers Rock, Red Center, Australia Joshua Tree Rock Climbing at Sunset Uluru Sunset Glow Death Valley Sand Dunes Petra Jordan - The Treasury - Indiana Jones in Real Life

See all Desert Photos (19)

Related Joshua Tree Photos

Joshua Tree Panorama at Sunset Joshua Tree Teddybear Cholla Cactus at Sunrise - Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree Rock Arch Joshua Tree Starburst Sunrise in the Desert - Joshua Trees, Yucca, and a Rocky Mountain

See all Joshua Tree Photos (5)

Related Landscape Photos

The Chute - Subway Canyon in Zion National Park The Subway - Canyoneering in Zion Balboa Park at Dusk, San Diego, CA Peaceful Birch Bay The Three Sisters overlooking Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW Sydney Seascape at Dawn - Turimetta Beach, NSW Australia Christmas Tree Mountain Coastal Surge - Montana De Oro State Park, San Luis Obispo Coast, CA Waves of Green - Pismo Dunes, Oceano Dunes - Pismo Beach, CA Abandoned In The Forest

See all Landscape Photos (171)

Related Nature Photos

Te Hoho Rock: Cathedral Cove - Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand Leading into the Canyon - Zion North Creek Yellow Coconuts Fall Colors at Taughannock Falls - Finger Lakes Region, Ulysses, NY Fall Oak Katoomba Falls - Blue Mountains - near Sydney, Australia Sequoia Coast Redwoods - Muir Woods National Monument Frozen Wave at Sunset Portal to the Sun - Sea Arch at Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, CA Yellow Fall Leaves with Orange Canyon Backdrop

See all Nature Photos (81)