Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece   27 comments

Instead of Single-Image Sunday this week I’ve decided to be a joiner for once.  I’m not generally a joiner, but I like the theme Masterpiece.  Also, I felt the need to view other people’s photography.  It’s like eating meat.  I don’t do it a lot, but occasionally I feel the need.  So I’m participating this week on the Postaday’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  Hope you enjoy the image.  Just click on it if you’re interested in purchase options.  It’s copyrighted and not available for free download, sorry.  If you have any questions, just contact me.  Thanks for looking!

A full moon lights this view from the North Rim westward down the length of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

A full moon lights this view from the North Rim westward down the length of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

This image, which I think I posted as part of a Grand Canyon theme some months ago, is one of my favorites.  It speaks to me of the unity between the earth and the cosmos.  I think of everything we can see in day and night, the earth and space, the whole shebang, as one enormous masterpiece.  This is the winter night sky, so it’s not like so many shots you see (including mine), where the Milky Way arcs across the sky.  Instead we’re looking outward toward inter-galactic space.  For me it makes the image even better.  You can also notice some left-over smoke from fires, drifting in low layers over the Canyon.

I almost didn’t capture it.  My foot was injured and I didn’t want to make the 1/2 mile hike in the darkness down to this viewpoint.  But the moon rose, nearly full, so I went ahead and limped down there.  When I arrived I didn’t see this composition.  I hopped the fence and carefully worked my way to the edge. Looking down into the black void was freaking me out, so I concentrated on the stars and the distant canyon.  I used a very wide angle, 15 mm.

The image is a combination of two images taken one after the other.  The first one was for the land, with a static camera, and the second was for the stars, tracking their apparent movement across the sky so they wouldn’t blur.  I have a tracking mount for my tripod.  I combined the two images in Photoshop to come up with an image very similar to what I saw that night.  This isn’t easy, matching your memory of the view with your final image.  It’s especially difficult with long-exposure night shots.  Hope you enjoy it.

27 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

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  2. Wonderful capture and a beautiful blog! I’m your new follower! 🙂
    Greetings from The North

  3. That’s certainly a view I’ve never seen of the Grand Canyon. Nicely done. I like the look of your blog, especially the warm background.

    • Why thank you. That’s the first compliment I’ve gotten on the look. I thought it was bad all this time! Though I do like the background. All the “pros” say use white or a shade of gray. Boring!!

  4. This is amgical.

  5. Thanks again everyone for your kind comments.

  6. Beautiful masterpiece of your work.


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  8. Stunning result of your splendid photo and editing work!

  9. A beautiful image and quite different from the many canyon images available. Worth your efforts!

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  11. pretty..

  12. that starry night photo is indeed a masterpiece. i’m in awe!

  13. I agree with some of the comments here. Your photograph is a masterpiece photo of a natural masterpiece.

  14. Wonderful. It’s funny sometimes how so much work is required to make it look like what you saw.

    • True, but at least with images like this the time is well spent. I’d rather spend 2-3 hours on something like this than 15 minutes each on 10 mediocre images. I really would like to farm out the 90%+ of my keepers that are good but not great and only work on 5-10% of the keepers, maybe 0.1% of my total images.

  15. Magnificent! So many great photos of this canyon – but I have never seen anyone like this.

  16. An image to be seriously proud of – Wes

  17. Thanks very much everyone!

  18. Oh, that’s a beauty!

  19. I agree with rasklein… This should be a award winning photo!

  20. Great job for a great image!

  21. I have never seen a photo of the Grand Canyon anything like this. I’ll vote this photo as being a Masterpiece.
    I agree with Madhu as it is stunning.

  22. Absolutely stunning! Your effort and skill show in every pixel 🙂

  23. So beautiful.

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