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Milky Way Photographers Paradise!

Lee’s Ferry, Arizona Milky Way Photography Location 

 

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How to Shoot Milky Way and Night Sky Photography

What you will need:

Light pollution map – light pollution map

Camera – You will need a camera to control your ISO, shutter speed, and aperture manually.

Lens – A fast wide-angle lens of 1.4 – 2.8 is ideal. If you use a 3.5 or higher (slower lens), you will have to increase the ISO. The higher the ISO, the more grain or digital noise or grain in your photos.

Tripod – A good sturdy tripod is essential for night photography. If it gets windy, you will need a sturdy one. Keep that in mind; when you buy one, it should be sturdy enough to withstand the wind but small enough to fit in your suitcase.

Sky Map – Sky Guide is available through the iTunes Store for $1.99. It has a 5 out of 5-star rating on both the current (3.2) version (1200+ ratings) and all previous versions (8600+ ratings).

Flashlight –  Our choice is Coast brand for flashlights. The ideal flashlight will have high lumens, and you will be able to zoom in and out on the amount of light emitting from the flashlight. Get the HP7, PX45, or the G50. Ideally, go with the  HP7.

Moon Phaze Map – The best time to go is during a new moon, and you want to be in the darkest area possible. The week before the new moon, when the moon has not risen, is a perfect time to go, so check the moonrise chart to see when the moon will be up.

Remote Shutter Release – When painting with light and you want to go over a 30-second exposure, you must have a shutter release to use your bulb mode. When exposing your pictures in general, you can use the remote release, or you can use your camera’s built-in two-second timer.

Use a Tripod – First, you must be on a tripod. A good sturdy tripod is necessary if it is windy. If the tripod moves, your picture will blur.

Focus – Use live view. Use your camera’s live view to focus in the dark, hit the zoom button, and focus on a bright star. You can also use the infinity setting on your lens but do several test shots to see if it is accurate. It can be off a little on some lenses. You can also light it up with a flashlight, focus, then gently, without touching the focus ring, put the camera in manual focus so it will not search for the focus. Each time you move your camera to take your next angel, you would have to do this.

Camera Settings

ISO – Start with ISO 1600 – 3200. This is just a common starting point, and you will adjust from here.

Shutter Speed – Remember, the earth is rotating. If you leave the shutter open for too long, you will see star trails that will not make for a crisp image. We want crisp non-star trail images. Here is the formula to avoid star trails. The 500 rule – Divide 500 by the focal length of your lens. So, if you have a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera, you will set your shutter speed to 20 sec. (500/24 = 20.83). If you are using a crop sensor camera, first do the math of the crop sensor to find the focal length. Cannon is 1.6, and Nikon is 1.5. Convert to full-frame focal length, then use the formula. Nikon 18mm x 1.5= 27mm – 500/27 = 18.51 seconds.

Aperture – Depth of field isn’t critical in these shots, but letting the light into the camera is; therefore, you should shoot wide open. If the depth of field is essential to you, try not to go too high. (wide open =the lowest aperture your camera will allow). You will have to increase the ISO some, which will give you digital noise.

White balance suggestion: Use live view mode to change your white balance settings and see what it will look like. You can shoot in shade or cloud mode as a standard-setting and adjust things later.

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AREA

INFORMATION

Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees:

1-7 Day Vehicle Entrance – $25.00

Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers

1-7 Day Motorcycle Entrance – $20.00

Admits one single, private, non-commercial motorcycle and its riders.

1-7 Day Individual Entrance – $12.00

Admits one individual when entering on foot, or bicycle. Not to exceed $25 vehicle fee. Individuals 15 years of age and younger are admitted free.

1-7 Day Boating Entrance – $30.00

Admits one single private vessel

1-7 Day Boating Entrance additional vessel – $30.00

Admits one single private vessel on the same trailer as a vessel paying full entry fees

Entrance Passes:

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Annual Pass – $50.00

Allows unlimited entry to Glen Canyon for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Annual Vessel Sicker – $50.00

Allows unlimited entry to Glen Canyon for one vessel from Jan 1 – Dec 31.

Operating Hours
Find out when visitor centers and facilities are open. Launch ramps are open all day, year-round when the water level allows.

Fees & Passes
How much does it cost to get into the park and to camp here?

Webcams
Take a gander at those launch ramps before you get here.

Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Glen Canyon National Recreation Area tick? Find out here!

Advisories
Information about regulations and important safety concerns.

Road Conditions

Is that dirt road you want to explore passable today? Find out here.

Ranger Programs
Enjoy a ranger-led hike or talk. These programs are seasonal.

Permits & Reservations
Looking to do business in the park? Make sure you have all your papers in order.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Even though Rainbow Bridge is its own unit of the National Park Service, we take care of it from here at Glen Canyon. Find out more about this amazing site.

GOOD CAMPING

CAMPING

WHERE TO CAMP

Add your campground here!

Do you want us to send our photography and ghost-hunting friends to your campground to stay during their ghost-hunting trip? Put your campground information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number, and your information on your campground to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you. They are good at getting there in the dark.

Would you like to be featured in an article as a place to stay while doing photography or ghost hunting? If so, please send us an email. You will be surprised at how affordable our prices can be.


FOOD & DINING

FOOD & DINING

 RESTAURANT INFOMATION

Add your Restaurant here!

Do you want us to send our photography and ghost-hunting friends to your restaurant after their ghost-hunting trip? Put your restaurant information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number, and your information on your restaurant to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you.

Would you like to be a featured restaurant like in this article? If so, please send us an email.  You will be surprised at how affordable our prices can be.

The best hotels while doing photography

HOTEL

INFORMATION

WHAT HOTEL TO STAY AT

Lee’s Ferry, Arizona, Hotel Information:

Lee’s Ferry Lodge

Visit Lee’s Ferry Lodge Website

Call them at (928) 355-2231
Seven days a week to make a reservation
(Please call between 7 AM and 8 PM MST)

Room Capacity:
Single Rooms: 1 – 5 guests
Suites: 1 – 7 guests

Lees Ferry Lodge is located 120 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona, at the edge of the Vermilion Cliffs National Wilderness Area, on Hwy 89A, 3.5 miles west of the Navajo Bridge, which spans the Colorado River.

They’re just 10 miles from Lees Ferry, the entry point for Grand Canyon river trips. We are also one of the nearest hotels to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Lees Ferry offers incredible scenery, access to the Paria Wilderness Area, a launch ramp and walk-in fishing areas, as well as historic buildings and trails.

The Lodge’s location makes for easily accessible day-trip fishing entry point inside Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park.

WEATHER

 WEATHER?

 

Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. If it is bright and sunny, you want to use a low ISO such as 100.

If you are doing photography along with your ghost hunting on cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get a long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places, be careful!

Go to our Photography Store after reading all about waterfall photography or neutral density filters.