Reaching for the stars

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One of the more exciting opportunities in Joshua Tree National Park was the chance to shoot some nighttime star shots, including the Milky Way. I’ve never really done that before and have always wanted to give it a shot.

Props again go to my buddy Heath O’Fee for inviting me to meet him out there (along with some other peeps), and also for finding this tree. Sure, we all probably would have found the tree eventually, but like Christopher Columbus, Heath gets the credit.

I’ve posted another shot of this tree from an angle further away, so this was one up close, almost underneath it. In fact, I took this one first…wandered around a bit elsewhere and then saw the second composition that I posted earlier.

This shot wasn’t a solo effort. The entire group of us…Chris DeAngelis, Chris Frailey, Doug Wise, Heath and Rick Young were all shooting this same scene. We had Rick firing off his strobe while we all sat in various spots with different compositions. Was a heck of a fun time yelling at everyone to get their exposures ready so we could FRAKKING take the picture already!

As hella cold it was that night, it was also a ton of fun. Loved hanging with these guys who have all become amazing friends over the last year.

  • http://www.bryansnider.com Bryan Snider

    Wow what an incredible shot!

  • http://www.hansrico.com Rick Louie

    Awesome shot! So worth brisking the cold. I love getting these type of shots!

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    Dude, seriously?!?! I gotta move you up on that list of togs that I admire.

  • http://curtfleenor.com Curt Fleenor

    WOW! Sweet shot Mike!

  • http://www.edithlevyphotography.com Edith Levy

    WOW fantastic shot Mike.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    It wasn’t THAT cold… I’m though all the complaining would have warmed you up 😉 Fantastic shot – that was suck a fun time shooting the stars with everyone!

  • http://www.hdr4real.com Mark Neal

    Beautiful shot and great composition.

  • http://www.lensaltiel.com/ Len Saltiel

    This is a really incredible shot Mike. Love it/

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse Pafundi

    Brilliant framing. Gorgeous shot.

  • http://www.toadhollowphotography.com Toad Hollow Photography

    Absolutely and unequivocally gorgeous, Mike! Wow!