Of all the various genres I shoot, astrophotography has to be towards the top as my most enjoyable. I grew up in the country but I currently live in a brightly lit city, so any time I have an opportunity to get away from the “hustle and bustle” to a place where I can hear my own thoughts and see the Milky Way, I jump at it.
Recently, a friend and I hopped in the car and headed into the unknown to capture the night sky during a new moon. We began our shoot on an empty road about 40 minutes south of Las Vegas. This was a good starting point because if offered foreground elements like the road and nearby mountains, dark skies and just enough city lights in the distance to provide some interesting contrast and color.
After about an hour, we decided to hop into the car and head further into the unknown. Eventually, we found ourselves near the Colorado River at a place known as Eagle Wash. This location offered even more foreground elements to work with including mountains, the river in the distance and some neat rock formations. We spent the rest of the evening in this location playing with compositions and even attempting some light painting using our headlamps.