I never thought sleep would be such a treasured commodity, but traveling North in the hemisphere makes for late sunsets and early sunrises. If you couple that with a night of astrophotography it leaves about 2 hours of sleep in a van…wait for it…Down by the River (Chris Farley reference). Sunset was around 9pm and Sunrise was about 5am in the Tetons. One evening Ryan Wright and I ventured up to Signal Mountain and then over to Oxbow Bend to capture the Milky Way in all its glory! It was a New Moon so the stars were not competing to outshine the moon when we were in the Tetons.
I’ve never been down to Oxbow Bend at night, but you could hear the fish jumping in the water and ducks moving around and of course mosquitos nibbling at my flesh! I do have to say the reflection was awesome on the still water of the Snake River and once the clouds passed through it made for a wonderful night sky. This particular evening the hydrogen in the atmosphere created a green gas in the night sky and the camera sensor picked it up in the shot. Here’s my favorite shot from the evening!
- I used Canon’s 14mm Super Wide Angle Lens in this shot. It’s hard to focus at night so understanding hyper focal distance and setting the lens for that distance is the key to having everything in focus. For the 14mm lens at f/2.8, the hyper focal distance is 7’8″ so if I set the focus for that then everything from 3’10” to infinity will be in focus.
- David Kingham is a fantastic Night Photographer. He has a great set of Night Photography Presets and you never have to leave Lightroom to process your night photography shots!
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon Super Wide Angle EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens
- ISO: 4000
- Focal Length: 14 mm
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Shutter Speed: 30 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, David Kingham’s Night Photography Presets