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Sacred Sites not for Sale!
Outside of Tuba City, Arizona
Shooting the Milky Way requires a great deal of skill and patience. In order to get the best shot, you have to be in the best position at the right time of the month, at the perfect time of the year. In my case, when I took this image, I had absolutely no knowledge of shooting the Milky Way – it was sheer luck that allowed me to capture this scene.
I was driving home from a photo trip in Yosemite and was in the final hours of a long, 13-hour drive. I was at the point of absolute exhaustion and could barely stay awake. I didn’t think I would make it home, so I got out and started shooting some night photography to wake myself up.
I found this perfect foreground and began snapping long exposure shots, but I wasn’t getting great results. I was attempting to use my headlamp to “light paint” the mural on the right, but it wasn't creating a particularly nice image.
The real magic happened completely by chance. Since this shed was on the side of the road, I thought that a passing car was going to ruin one of my shots. However, to my surprise, the headlights hit the shed at the perfect timing, creating just the right moody lighting that really brings this photo to life!
Image Code: A003