Good morning everyone and happy Monday. I’m out in Monument Valley for a few days shooting with my buddy RC and Bill Fortney. The photo above was taken just minutes ago as we get ready for our sunrise shoot. Internet coverage has been absolutely horrible and we’ve been traveling and shooting non-stop for 2 days. So I’m about to head out to shoot more but I’ll try my best to write about the trip and some photos as the week continues.
In the meantime, for all of you metadata junkies out there, here’s the camera info:
Camera – Nikon D800
Lens – Nikon 16-35
Aperture – f/4
Shutter Speed – 15 seconds
ISO – 800
Focal Length – 35mm
Tripod – Really Right Stuff TVC 33
Have a good one!
I love Venus, and this is a fantastic shot! I get to watch her rise over the mountains every morning. Sadly, those mountains are the ones in Afghanistan, but I’ll be home soon enough to see her rise in my own back yard again.
Hope that your enjoying our southwest, right below from where your at, Arizona.
Great cares to shoot but you found you’re way off the grid! Enjoy and try the smaller areas around the Valley. Nice places there also
Question, why did you shoot at F/4? Just wondering because I’ve always been told landscapes should be shot at F/16 or F/22 for greater depth of field. Its a great shot, I would just like to understand your f stop choice.
I would have shot this between f/5.6 or faster myself, due largely in part to the amount of light available. Matt already shot a 15s exposure to capture the shot as is. Without bumping the ISO to an increasingly noisy level, he’d have to compensate for the smaller aperture (f/16 or f/22) by decreasing his shutter speed to 4 and 8 minutes respectively. After about 30-seconds, you’ll start seeing star trails without a tracking tripod, giving the image a less-than-sharp feel. Considering how dark the landscape is, I believe Matt chose clarity and sharpness in the sky over depth of field in the landscape.
Thank you for answering my question. I didn’t know that about the star trails and so now it makes sense.
Shoot one for me!!!! Thx for ALL ur ever inspiring enthusiasm!