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.
The farm house is on borrowed time and will soon collapse, while the starlight above it began its journey billions of years ago. I don't know about you, but that is a bit difficult for me to wrap my head around.
This is the third version of this image posted here because of a learning curve that adds a third dimension of time - the time it took to process an image I knew was there. When I first opened this scene on my computer, I knew my learning curve needed an adjustment. In the first image, I used a single image and pretty much got the house and foreground I was hoping for .... but the stars were lacking. For the second version, I found a way to stack images to get the detail in the stars that I wanted to see .... but I lost detail in the house and ground. For this version, I blended the previous two images to produce the detail I believe necessary to make this photo match the passion I felt during the actual photo shoot.
Was it worth the effort? It's always worth the effort.
Heading north from Durango one fall morning, the rain I'd been trying to outrun finally tapered off. Looking behind me, I could see breaks in the sky so I looked for a parking spot to see what kind of shot I could make. Within a minute or so, I found an unmarked trail that allowed me to pull off so I turned in looking for a turnaround spot. I soon came to a wide spot at the gate to private property that just happened to sit next to this amazing pond.
As I parked, the morning light turned a fantastic shade of gold, transforming the grasses into the color you see here. I've said this many times ..... it's always good to be lucky .... and lucky I was.