Chung Hu at White Pocket
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From Chung about this image:
Stars In the Desert
I woke up shivering in the middle of the night. I didn't have a thermometer, all I know was that it was cold enough to freeze my water bottle. It was almost time to get up for some milky way shooting anyways, so I got dressed and headed into White Pocket.
There are more than a few apps that help with milky way shot planning, but all of them showed the mountain structure you see here blocking the milky way. So I headed over to some other structure that I had picked out earlier in the day and began setting up. Another photographer, Jim, joined me just as I got my light painting dialed in. That's when I noticed that the milky way is much higher than what I had originally thought and it was quickly sliding into perfect alignment with this mountain-like structure. We hurriedly packed everything up and started to climb down into the pitch black valley.
We had no time left, so I left my gear with Jim, grabbed my lights and started to climb up the valley walls to get into a better position for light painting. Luckily there wasn't too much wind that night, so we could still talk to each other while being so far apart. By the time I got to the top of the cliff Jim was done setting up and ready to go. I got the lights into position and had Jim take a test shot. After an eternity of waiting (or maybe it was only 30 seconds), I heard Jim said: "this is excellent!". That was just what I needed to hear! We stayed here until the dark night ended and the stars went away
24mm F2.8 13Sec ISO 6400 x 8 shot stack