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Area 51

By CraigBill    
Bisti Wilderness Natural Area in New Mexico is a true landscape photographers lottery win. It is a rather large primitive area in the four corners region encompassing 45,000 acres of eroded badlands, and offer some of the most unusual scenery on this side of the moon. Also called "De-Na-Zinƒ‚‚ by the Navajo, hum, which if I took a stab at it means no amenities - no water, no toilets, no trails, signs or guideposts. Nothing. It is very easy to get lost here, even if you're careful. It can also be extremely hot in the daytime and very cold at night. A dedicated GPS unit is highly recommended, as there is very poor cell phone coverage in much of this area and even when there is coverage, phone maps don't provide details. Nothing.

As a previous Special Techniques & Experimental Photographer Of The Year, I wanted to deploy as much photographic experimentation to "Area 51" as possible. This image fuses multiple techniques including: long exposure captures, long exposure moving camera shots, still time lapse exposures, multiple lenses (24mm to 14mm) & filters (in camera & post processing), day to night photography and panoramic high resolution stitching.

And of course, I stayed out a little late and got lost. Eventually, as I started to plan how I was going to remain a captive of the night until daylight returned, I barely caught a faint glimpse of moonlight reflection off of something shiny in the distance - My vehicle, definitely alien to this area!

Tags: Moon Night Panoramic Stars Astrophotography Longexposure Night photography Landscape and travel Bisti badlands Starscape Moving objects photography

Voters: rontear, jimmymack, mike9005 and 30 more

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RLF Plus
9 18 4 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2019 8:46PM
Wow! What an astonishing natural scene.
It looks like another world
Fantastic shotSmile

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Niknut Plus
9 2.4k 80 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2019 8:57PM
Amazing shot !!....incredible 'other-world' aura in this crisp beauty !!.Tongue
Tooma Plus
3 1.9k 2 Scotland
8 Jun 2019 1:10AM
Extraordinary image and narrative, Craig. Smile Now I'm really curious to know why ePz would remove a link....
8 Jun 2019 1:20AM

Quote:Extraordinary image and narrative, Craig. Smile Now I'm really curious to know why ePz would remove a link....

Hi Tooma, well I posted my Instagram link and I should heave known better. As they said, it promotes a competitive image site. So I certainly understand that. One thing is amazing about EPZ tho, they totally win the panoramic viewing experience. Grin
Tooma Plus
3 1.9k 2 Scotland
8 Jun 2019 1:28AM
Thanks, Craig. Good to know they are tops in the pano's. Smile
8 Jun 2019 3:29AM
Superb !!!!!
barrywebb Plus
13 44 7 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2019 6:55PM
A mind blowing landscape, and equally mind blowing how you put it all together! A stunning piece of work for all your endeavour.
I see what you mean about instagram panos! EPZ rules in the pano department.

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