Before the Dawn

Posted by Paul Bracey on Thu, 08/31/17 12:01
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Thu, 08/31/17 13:57

I like this image with a black background which seems to extend the feel of the night time setting as one views the sky. Usually one would prefer a clear sky to see the star display but the clouds formation, in this case, adds to the visual impact of the setting and also because the clouds create a sense of flow to draw the viewer vertically from top to bottom in the image. What I take to be the headlights of a vehicle on the right adds to the sense of loneliness evoked by the setting.

I guess Wyoming as the setting?

Comments by Paul Bracey on Thu, 08/31/17 14:16

Thanks Jan. You are correct about the location. The big peak in
the distance is the Grand Teton and the saddle to the left of the
peak is where I shot the eclipse. The elevation in the saddle is
11,700 above sea level. We bagged the summit of the Grand the day
after the eclipse. At the time of the eclipse, there were between
40 and 50 people on the summit. It's not a very large summit. In
the foreground, you can see one of the barns on Mormon Row as a
car passes in the night along the outer park road.

Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Thu, 08/31/17 14:32

Wow! Before the dawn of civilization(minus the headlights and the barn. Love it. Great job, Paul.;-)

Comments by Ernest Cadegan on Thu, 08/31/17 18:21

Quite wonderful. Nicely structured. Appealing palette. The car light trail
adds an eerie element.

Comments by Barry Dickieson on Thu, 08/31/17 21:42


Comments by Bruce Hunter on Fri, 09/01/17 05:13

Breathtaking reminder that we are a part of all us. the
very best sense of the word.

Comments by Bruce Hunter on Fri, 09/01/17 05:14

part of all this....

Comments by Jeff Dye on Fri, 09/01/17 17:34

You do very well with this type of photography. Need to try it myself. A recent article in the
newspaper stated that looking east from Joshua Tree NP is some of the darkest sky in the
U.S. for this type of photography. Not west though. That's toward L.A. BTW I think this
one is your best so far. Get it on a wall.

Comments by Dan Rubin on Mon, 09/04/17 12:40


Comments by William Donnelly on Sun, 09/10/17 22:21

Great Shot


Comments by Paul Bracey on Sun, 09/17/17 11:24

Without the headlights...

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 09/17/17 12:04

I still thing the headlight adds to the loneliness of the setting for me but I truthfully would never turn down a photographic opportunity such as revealed in the second image. because of the lack of headlights.

Comments by Paul Bracey on Tue, 11/28/17 07:20

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Comments by Paul Bracey on Tue, 11/28/17 07:27


Comments by Paul Bracey on Tue, 11/28/17 07:27

Sorry... Just trying a few things out... (Not very successfully!)

Comments by G.B. SHETTLER on Tue, 11/28/17 14:35

LOVE the OP. But then LOVE the closer sky in the 2nd one. LOvely work