This workshop includes a sky SO AWESOMELY DARK it is not only ONE of the International Dark Sky Parks but it was the very FIRST to receive the designation of International Dark Sky Park! Natural Bridges National Monument has such a great view of the sky it is a place you might consider bringing your telescope along with you to enjoy some of the harder to see low-contrast deep-sky objects our hemisphere has to offer! Owochomo bridge is just the beginning of the awesome unique Milky Way locations all around the desert of Southern Utah that we will be visiting!
If you have always wanted to see what is so great about Southern Utah, this workshop is the perfect way to start! You will be sad how many places you will add to your bucket list after this trip! You won't want to leave!
Goblin Valley is like traveling to a far off planet! The entire park is a playground we can climb, walk on and it has the perfect deep valley giving the boundaries a complete separation from the rest of the world. Making it impossible to see anything else BUT the crazy cool land of mushrooms, goblins and hoodoos that will become an instant favorite! Milky Way here is a challenge of fun when using low-level lighting. There are about a dozen different ways to light any one scene! Each time I go out here, I get a unique image I have never taken before. It's just crazy how my first in 2016 is still my favorite of all them!
Overlook is unnamed to protect the area from getting too popular. It is such a beautiful view. If you thought you were on a different planet in Goblin Valley, you will feel like you are on Mars when you look out over the view. This place makes a fantastic sunrise if you have enough energy after the Goblin Valley night! We do need to be really safe here as there are limited spots out on the outcropping of rocks on the ledge, but it is a very dangerous and fatal ledge should anyone fall. If you are afraid of heights you will want to stand back and align your shot anywhere along the rim you feel comfortable. It will be easy to keep tripods and other cameras out of view so long as you don't go further south. The rim there will include photographers in it but hey, that worked for Brad Goldpaint to become Astronomy Photographer of the Year with his shot!
Owochomo Bridge is a little hike that WILL make you tired coming up. But it is barely .3 of a mile! yes not even half of a mile. Only 0.3! It is an easy hike over uneven terrain. Come ready to be careful as you descend and keep yourself safe. The position we usually pile up on will not be the best view of the Milky Way during July, so we have the option of going over to the larger space albeit on a hill where we can look through the window of the Bridge from the opposite side. It is definitely one of my absolute favorite Milky Way Foregrounds of all time!
If you have any questions, please get in touch with me by email at aaron@PhotogAdventures.com.