Aaron and Brendon continue with the #TheGreatMilkyWayChase. They head to the Bonneville Salt Flats for Night 2 Selfie Panorama and re-discover the Red Ledges area up Price Canyon for Night 5.
Selfie Panorama at the Salt Flats
On Night 2 of the Instagram #TheGreatMilkyWayChase, Brendon & Aaron take a two hour journey out to the Bonneville Salt Flat and find the perfect spot to shoot the Milky Way. They found the perfect balance in capturing the Milky Way with themselves reflecting in the water for a Selfie Panorama.
The Bonneville Salt Flats in West Utah are right next to the Nevada border, near Wendover. It is a very unique area with a super flat surface made of solid, crunchy salt. This is the same place where the land speed trials for cars is held. When the water puddles up, it can make for some very cool photographs. The area is so flat that you can stand way out in the middle of the flooded areas and the water can be a fraction of an inch thick. It was like standing in a giant mirror that was hundreds of yards across! Check the local weather for Wendover to make sure it’s not going to be too windy.
Brendon talks about his technique of processing his image. He also points out that when you post to Instagram, don’t be so worried about the stars trailing, as the resolution in Instagram will shrink them down to where they don’t become a problem. Try some of the Instagram presets and then you can tone it down to get the look you like. Brendon has a video showing some of these processing techniques on YouTube.
#TheGreatMilkyWayChase at Red Ledges
Night 5 Aaron & Brendon had plans to shoot the Payson Temple and re-create the shoot Aaron took last year. Well, that plan fell apart as soon as they arrived on location. The Temple had super bright lights installed and then clouds came in and covered the milky way. So they quickly devised a Plan B and headed up Price Canyon. They found less light pollution and the hoped that maybe, just maybe, the high mountains would block some of those clouds. They looked at PhotoPills and Google Maps figured their best bet was the Red Ledges area. As luck would have it, the area worked out surprisingly well.
The guys also talk about camera placement. How just moving your camera over a little to the left or right can make or break your photo. Pay attention to the items in the frame and how some things can merge together. It can be hard to see when this happens when everything is in the dark! Double check your composition and see how clean the edges of all the items are in the frame. It’s not all about the Milky Way.
See some of the photos discussed here on the Photog Adventures Instagram feed. In addition to a shot for each night, Aaron posted a couple Brady Bunch tiles of the first and second sets of 9 #TheGreatMilkyWayChase photos.
Check out one of our previous Photog Adventures out at the Salt Flats here.