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Campsites for Night Photography

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Offline Romipho

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Campsites for Night Photography
« on: November 10, 2015, 10:47:19 PM »
My son and I are coming to BBNP in Januaray. I am coming for the express reason for shooting nighttime images. Specifically star trails. Although I have been there before, this will be out first tent camping trip. It would be nice to camp near my shooting location. Does anyone have experience with campsites with great northern night views for star Trails? Any location ideas or helpful thoughts would be appreciated.
Thank you in advance.

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Campsites for Night Photography
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2015, 09:18:37 AM »
If you will search the forum for "Milky Way" or "dark skies", you will find some good threads.  One of the members, tjavery, especially, has some good thoughts and guidelines.

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Offline aks6674

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Re: Campsites for Night Photography
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2015, 09:31:46 AM »
Most of the roadside primitive sites will have spectacular views of the sky.  If you want some foreground interest, you might need to do a little research.  Have you thought of camping on Rattlesnake Mountain and driving down the road to get the Luna Jacal?

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Offline Lance

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Re: Campsites for Night Photography
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2015, 01:23:51 PM »
There is a nice ruin on the west side of the park just before Santa Elena Canyon called the Dorgan House.  People of done that type of shot before. It would be a good foreground for a star trails shot.  Maybe put some incandescent lights in it while shooting.  You won't be able to camp there, but it's close to Cottonwood Campground.  Maybe head over there just before sunset and hang out for a few hours after it gets dark, then just drive a few miles back to camp.

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Offline MMTaco

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Re: Campsites for Night Photography
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2015, 05:16:15 PM »
Do you have the PhotoPills app?  It has a night time AR (augmented reality) that lets you choose a site on the map and then view the star trails and the milky way.  I'm headed to BiBe this weekend and hope to try out the app for myself on the South Rim and the Basin.
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