I was thinking about setting up to make just this shot when I noticed that my fellow camper Josh (or was it Michael?) had already put a lantern in his tent and set up his tripod. So, since he already had the best spot, and the constellation Orion is my favorite, I just hitched a shot, so to speak.
I did contribute a bit to the process, however, because I knew that starlight is a certain color temperature–3700K or so, so we were able to manually set that in camera and get it right.
I made several exposures, both with my 24-70 lens as wide as it would go. But if I wanted to get the moon in the shot, I had to go wider, and so got out the 14-24, and the moon shot was the result.
Here’s another exposure that I like, without the moon. I like the foreground better in this one. Unfortunately, even with the wide angle lens set as wide as possible, I couldn’t get the foreground the way I liked it and the moon in the same shot.
But, as Ansel Adams once said, a series of photos of essentially the same subject with minor variations is not necessarily a bad thing. Or something like that.
And, while we’re sort of discussing a bunch of photographers taking the same shot, I made this photo of five of my fellow travelers shooting the sunset an hour or so before we were working on the night sky.
I’m sure they all got some great shots. It’s hard not to in Joshua Tree.
And here is another photo shot on the same day, an hour or so earlier: Desert Sunset, Joshua Tree, California.
I was part of a group of 12 travel bloggers who were kindly hosted by Mazda and James and Heather Hills of Mantripping.com for three days of camping in Joshua Tree and driving around the southern desert of California in really nice Mazda cars. (I particularly liked the CX-5.) Lots more photos and writing about the trip to come in the next few days.
Also, check out this link for more bloggers’ perspectives on our desert #drivingmatters trip.
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