Mark Robben in Joshua Tree
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In a spring and summer filled with exciting night photography adventures, my trek to this wonderful arch may have been the most satisfying. For better or worse, I prefer to shoot solo, but with the remote location of this rock formation, I felt it might be better to wait until I could team up with a solid shooting partner. By the time September’s new moon rolled around I was still without anyone able to tag along and it was beginning to look as if I might miss out this year. So I made the decision to head out on my own. I’d been there a few times in the daylight, so I was reasonably confident in getting there and back safely. I’m so glad I did. I actually went out two separate nights. A problem with my GPS cost me about 45 minutes on the first night (there’s actually good story and cautionary tale there as well…for another time) and I missed out on the prime Milky Way position (at least as late summer goes). The shots were good, but I knew I could do better, so I headed back again two nights later. This time I packed my Skywatcher Star Adventurer tracker, something I didn’t include on the first night because I wanted to keep the weight down as it’s a fairly long hike and I wanted to bring extra water. Even in September the temps in this part of the desert regularly hit 100 degrees+ so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. As Milky Way adventures go, night two was a surgical strike and other than exchanging pleasantries with a juvenile rattler, the night when off without a hitch. Four hours after setting out I was safely back in my car and on my way home.
Nikon D810 + Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
Sky: f/5, 15mm, 5 minutes, ISO 1600 with Skywatcher Star Adventurer
Ground: f/3.2, 15mm, 90 seconds, ISO 1600