This was a good night photo adventure. These amazing sand dunes are located in an area the locals(me) call Copper Canyon by Monument Valley and Oljato UT/AZ. I mentioned this spot to Wayne Pinkston and Eric Gail and they were game for it. I told them there were some awesome dunes surrounded by mesas in a very remote area in canyons surrounded by canyons. Some of my family on my father's side used to live out here, my ancestors. The road to this area is all off road and hardly a road. It took us about 2 hours to four wheel to this spot in Waynes JK Jeep Wrangler Sahara. You need an offroad vehicle with four wheel drive and good tires because the road is hardly a road and is much of going over boulders, sharp wash rocks and some deep sand in some spots. I have been down to these sand dunes many times. In the past I have come down to this spot with my father and grandfather to clean the spring that is right by these dunes for the cows that drink it. You know cows will shit in their own water, so we build the dam up and clean out all the poo. The dunes are enormous here and so we found a nice live tree to shoot and Wayne was the mastermind of setting up the low level lighting for this shot. Wayne let me use his fast Rokinon 20mm lens which helped catch the milky way so beautiful. We probably could have shot here all night, but we shot what we wanted and slowly headed back. This was an all night adventure, sleepless in the southwest in the summer.
This image is for sell in canvas, looks very good in canvas, prints and metal prints.
This is one of my favorite places, I hiked in here this past weekend, so raw. I hiked in with my pack, and my family, what a place. Come here to escape the world and find peace. The night time is my favorite and being down here under the moon and stars was something so special. I am looking forward to being here again soon.
I shot this image alongside the highway later in the summer. What a fun time. I recommend this if you do not have time to take a night photography tour in Monument Valley.
i want your skulls: Jacinda Willeto
Horseshoe bend and my wife Jacinda.
This is one of my favorite arch pictures, and I had a lot of fun editing this with bnw esque but adding in blue to the sky.
This shoot is always a unique experience and adventure. There are many Anasazi ruins like this on Navajoland where I live.
Check out my take on my picture edit. Noise, noise reduction and toning the vibrance and saturation. You can really see the milkyway from this view.
Hope Arch, Chinle, AZ
I love shooting hogans at night.
epic milky way and high 163, classic Forrest Gump scene, classic scenes everywhere in Monument Valley
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Window Rock, AZ. The capital of the Navajo Nation. I shot this with a D700. The D750, which is what I shoot with now, is such an improvement for night photography. I can shoot in a much higher ISO with manageable noise.
I shot so many of the north side of the Mitten. I think this is one of my favorites of 2017 Summer Milkyway season.
This was a fun shoot. Expect to spend all nighters when shooting night photography in the early of the summer.
Joe Tohonnie, Jr. in Shonto, AZ. ROCK THE CANYON
This was taken 2017 early summer. Wayne Pinkston(an amazing photographer, esp at night) and I were out taking pictures. I told him I was his man for night photography in Monument Valley and he took me up on it. He let me use his gear for this shot and high iso and nice noise reduction can help night photos immensely.
I think that the sky edit is both ugly and gorgeous
Night photographers never sleep.
I am really loving this night photo I took this past weekend. I was excited to use this 35mm that was pretty fast, F1.8 at 13seconds. I wanted to get the arch and sand dunes in my shot with the milkyway so I had to do a pano, a vertical pano and so i free-handed-tripoded it and shot it from the bottom to the top, 6 pictures.
I took this while I was guiding a couple out on a night photography tours in Monument Valley. It was the couple's first time shooting landscapes at night with the stars, they really loved it and it was a really nice time. If you are interested in shooting Monument Valley at night, shoot me an email or fill out a contact form and let me know, I will help you arrange it.
Black and white startrails
This was quite an adventure. Trying to shoot this in one shot is impossible, I shot many, and from many angles, and stitched a pano. This photo takes me back to that adventurous night, every time.
This photo was taken at Natural Bridges National Monument, UT, which is located by Bears Ears on Cedar Mesa. I love this place and I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a night adventure with their camera. It is also stunning in the day and is a paradise for trail hiking. This particular arch is called Sipapu and takes about 30 minutes to hike down on the trail and about the same back. If you are trying this at night be sure to have a guide or someone who knows the trail well or have a good headlamp.
I shot this with a 35mm F1.8 and tried to process it a little darker because I wanted to make it feel how it is when you actually get up to this area, dark but enough light from the stars to light the landscape a little after your eyes adjust to the darkness. And with definitive lines and color of the sandstone and erosion.
I love shooting this, as this is such an interesting rock formation, like a hoodoo. You can hike anywhere around this but I think it would be better to stay on trail or game trails. This is right by the San Juan River and there are deer, camping spots, bobcat, cougars, coyotes, snakes, wild donkeys, wild horses and aliens nearby!!! Right by the Valley of the Gods and Goosenecks, and Cedar Mesa, and more.
Arches National park is night adventures. Delicate Arch.
This place is really cool to shoot at night. I am loving how the moonlight is making this picture look like a painting, but this is really how it looks there and you can even make out snow, it was a very cold night. I reduced noise in the shadows, but still some, I love how the noise reduction is making it look even more like a painting.
This arch is located in Mystery Valley, AZ, right by Monument Valley. This is a whole other adventure. It is very epic at night.
This is located in Mystery Valley. Let me know if you would like to visit this on a day or night tour.
This is such an adventure getting here. It can be tricky to shoot, I ended up using a 14mm, but next time I feel like I want to use a 20mm or 35mm with a series of shots finishing it in Lightroom with a Pano stitch.
I like to think of Anasazi Petroglyphs as alien-related, sometimes.
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Good looking Junipers in Monument Valley
John Fords point at night in Monument Valley, with milkyway beginning to arch.
Hunts Mesa is an adventure that is in Monument Valley. Drive or hike to the top to see such great heights of views. You can camp and that is what I like to do, any time of the season.
I shot this as a pano and stitched it together in Lightroom.
This place is very nice to shoot but you can never really shoot it with the milkyway because it is not in position for the shot, but if anyone is trying to shoot this landscape with stars, I recommend shooting it with some moonlight. I would say with 50%-75% moon light would be prime, more or less.
Black and white is timeless. It reminds me of how the first night photographers would have taken this picture.
Star trails in Mystery Valley, AZ
Monument Pass 'all lit up'.
At night everything is Galactic
The Cube, Iconic boulder in Monument Valley.
Anasazi mysteries in Mystery Valley, at night.
The dirt road from the summit, in between Window Rock, AZ and Ganado, AZ, all the way to Sawmill, AZ. Navajo Nation Forest.
This is located in the golden backcountry of monument valley
My wife posing for a milkyway scene at White Mesa Arch
Natural Bridges at night.
Taking pictures with 51% of a Moon can be specatacular.
Moccasin Arch in Monument Valley. This was shot with moon light.