Milky Way over Montezuma Pass

June 21, 2019  •  1 Comment

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Last night, the Milky Way would only be visible for a short hour before being obliterated from sight as the rising Waning Gibbous moon cast a sunlight brightness into the night sky. For most Milky Way photographers, this would be a sign to stay home and edit images from past dark sky nights. But, I had an idea.

At 6,575 feet, Montezuma Pass in the Coronado National Monument park provides an unparalleled view of the San Pedro Valley and Mexicos San Jose Mountain. It's hight also allows for more stars to be seen in the night sky, making the Milky Way even more dramatic. The challenge for me has always been how to capture the Milky Way and light the many shadowed canyon pass below. My solution, wait for an almost full moon to provide the light for the valley while still allowing me to capture the Milky Way. This image is the result of that plan. Even the light polluted border station in Naco seems to fit in the final image.

I've come to the belief that there is nowhere in the country that affords a Milky Way photographer the depth and breadth of foreground subjects as found here is the southern Arizona high desert. From stunning vistas from mountain summits and valley plains to stagecoach strewed old west ghost towns and old abandoned cars there is an endless palette of subjects to shoot here.

I can never fully express my gratitude the God for the gift of allowing me to share His awesome world with others. I humbly remain His scribe.

You can see my work displayed at Brews Brothers Coffee in Sierra Vista, AZ, and on my website listed below. Fine art prints of all my images are available. Purchases underwrite continued creation.

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Shoot date: June 20, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
30.0 sec at f/2.5 Bias:0 EV
Lens: 15mm
ISO: 1600

Last night, the Milky Way would only be visible for a short hour before being obliterated from sight as the rising Waning Gibbous moon cast a sunlight brightness into the night sky. For most Milky Way photographers, this would be a sign to stay home and edit images from past dark sky nights. But, I had an idea. 

 

At 6,575 feet, Montezuma Pass in the Coronado National Monument park provides an unparalleled view of the San Pedro Valley and Mexicos San Jose Mountain.  It's hight also allows for more stars to be seen in the night sky, making the Milky Way even more dramatic. The challenge for me has always been how to capture the Milky Way and light the many shadowed canyon pass below. My solution, wait for an almost full moon to provide the light for the valley while still allowing me to capture the Milky Way. This image is the result of that plan.  Even the light polluted border station in Naco seems to fit in the final image. 

 

I've come to the belief that there is nowhere in the country that affords a Milky Way photographer the depth and breadth of foreground subjects as found here is the southern Arizona high desert.  From stunning vistas from mountain summits and valley plains to stagecoach strewed old west ghost towns and old abandoned cars there is an endless palette of subjects to shoot here.  

 

I can never fully express my gratitude the God for the gift of allowing me to share His awesome world with others. I humbly remain His scribe. 

 

You can see my work displayed at Brews Brothers Coffee in Sierra Vista, AZ, and on my website listed below. Fine art prints of all my images are available. Purchases underwrite continued creation. 

 

Milky Way over Montezuma Pass
@RGallucci Photography
www.rgallucci.com
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Shoot date: June 20, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Sky
Tracked w/ iOptron Skyguider Pro
181.0 sec at f/4 
Lens: Irix 15mm
ISO: 1600
Foreground
Five images Mean Stacked in Photoshop
30.0 sec at f/2.5 Bias:0 EV
Lens: Irix 15mm
ISO: 1600

 


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