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By CraigBill    
Bisti Wilderness Study 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-Zin” 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 "Extracelestial" as possible. Like "Area 51" (created same trip), 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 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 extraterrestrial to this area!

Tags: Blue Moon Desert Night Stone Stars Astrophotography New mexico Hoodoo Landscape and travel Bisti badlands

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taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
12 Jul 2019 3:10AM
This is an exciting image--- Your manipulations have greatly enhanced what is out there--- ( I have been to the edges of this place, ( we had our children with us age 4 and 7 at the time--chose not to risk getting lost--)

I could love to have a few images to play with! Kudos!

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12 Jul 2019 6:37AM
Great image and processing
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
12 Jul 2019 10:40AM
Adventure in photography !! Craig.
12 Jul 2019 11:17AM
So many techniques coupled together, interesting work...
barrywebb Plus
13 44 7 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2019 3:31PM
Fantastic landscape! Your blend of techniques do it justice.
12 Jul 2019 7:09PM
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy! Cheers!
I like this a lot and the experimental techniques you have used it has produced an image of imagination
texture and colour.


This is quite stunning, and your description is most interesting.
Nice work.
Barry NZ

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