Temple of the Moon - Capital Reef National Park, Utah
I'll always remember this as one of the most enjoyable nights of shooting in my life.
My brother Lee and I rolled into Capital Reef National Park 2 days prior on a road trip which started in Pennsylvania 11 days before that.
On the way to Capital Reef we did 3 days of backpacking in Canyonlands National Park's Needles District and the snow covered dunes of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado where it hit -35 degrees F one night. We slept in the Xterra in 35 degree bags and froze. I remember waking up and turning on the engine at 5AM. Everything was covered in frost, inside and out.
It was my first time at all 3 parks and shooting the night sky in Capital Reef & Canyonlands has been high on the locations list for years.
Back to Capital Reef and the shot above. After exploring Notom Bullfrog Road all day we headed into the Cathedral Valley to catch sunset at Temple of the Sun. Next we drove over to photograph Temple of the Moon for Moonset.
As soon as the Moon past west of vertical over the top of the Temple it started to cast really nice light on the entire west side of the Temple. This made it perfect for photographing the thing backlit with star trails overhead. I'll put this shot out later.
When the moon dropped lower in the sky I walked around to the North Eastern side of the Temple to take this shot. I knew that the different large spires would cast erie moon shadows on the snow.
We ended up shooting here for 5 hours then setting up tents near the temple and calling it a night. We had a little bit of fresh snow which I was hoping to make for a great sunrise but clouds came in and we got nothing.
Great night of shooting none the less.
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