Southern Utah is home to some of the finest dark skies in the the US. Night photography is my passion, and as a result, I’m always out in search of amazing locations to shoot the starry skies.
It's peaceful being out in the night, seeing all the stars—there are no distractions. The best word to describe it is Zen. Most people aren't aware of the night sky, especially those that live in the city. There is too much light pollution for them to even come close to experiencing it. I like being off the grid and with my friends out with my cameras.
Last month, my friend Kenyon and I took a trip to Kodachrome Basin State Park. This was our first trip to this park. We drove from American Fork around 10 p.m. and reached Kodachrome Basin Park around 3 in the morning.
We drove straight to Chimney Rock. The moon had already risen, so the Milky Way didn’t look that dramatic. We still took some shots till it was time for sunrise. We then went to Shakespeare’s Arch to catch some sunrise shots. We spent the rest of the day catching up on sleep since we had gone more than 24 hours without it.
In the evening, we scouted for locations for our Milky Way shots. The moon was not going to rise until after 1 a.m., so we had sufficient time with dark skies. The Milky Way rose around 10 p.m., and we initially planned on shooting for just an hour before heading back home since it was a five-hour drive back.
However, when the Milky Way rose the sight was amazing. It was one of the best viewings of it for either of us. Both Kenyon and I kept on shooting till way past after midnight, each hoping the other wouldn't insist on packing up. When it was time for the moon to rise, we then packed our bags and made our way back home. The 10 hours in the care and very little sleep were all worth it.
Prajit Ravindran is a landscape photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He got into photography seven years ago. Since, he has shot in 16 states in the US. However, since moving to Utah, he has spent most of his time traveling around Utah to capture the abundant beauty it has to offer. Portfolio: www.LightCameraMagic.com