"High Plains Chapel"
I've been shooting, off and on, for almost fifty years and this image tells an amazing story about the technology changes I've witnessed. To start with, the first film camera I used could not have produced this shot. Period. To show stars like this utilizes computer power even IBM did not have in the 60's, and now we process images like this on a home computer.
As someone that has willingly embraced new technology, it still amazes me that this exposure was done with manual settings that would have been familiar to the pioneers of photography. Combining those settings with the image sensors we now have gives me the opportunity to see, and present images I thought impossible just a few years ago. Before I make this seem simple, I did get in over my head on the processing side, so I talked to James Clinich (my shooting partner for this outing) about potential options. He thought he had a software package that could be used and volunteered to take a few of my shots just to see what he could come up with.
A few hours later, he sent me a file that allowed me to finish the image you see here. His application of a software designed to reduce noise by combining multiple images is quite amazing. Needless to say, I'm currently getting up to speed on Sequater Noise Reduction Software.
On the trail, the Chuckwagon was much more than a cook wagon. This wagon carried spare parts for the wagon, gear for getting it up and down river banks, tools needed for tack, and medicine, such as it was at the time. Without this essential wagon, cattle drives would not have been successful.
When I left home on the morning of this capture, I knew there was a chance I might be in the area of Monument Valley near sundown. I'll admit that part was planning. The unplanned part regarding this capture, was the rain that fell just before I arrived, and the clouds parting just moments before this capture was made. Having everything come together at just the right moment is an incredible stroke of luck, but I don't want you telling anyone about this confession - we'll just keep that between the two of us.