Due to the direction of the canyon walls, Bryce Canyon generally presents more opportunities at sunrise than sunset.
This image is a panorama composite (two panorama images merged) from the same location.
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I used a Canon 16-35MM F4 L Lens at 24mm for the land. It is a panorama of 8 images stitched together, cropped at the left just before sunrise.
I used a fixed focal length Rokinon 24MM F1.4 Lens for the night sky. For the sky, I also used a star tracker to keep the image sharp for 90 second exposures. The location was the same, but the shot was taken hours earlier.
The image is exceptionally sharp because I was able to use a modest ISO of ISO 1600 at F4 for the night sky. Normally, night photographers shoot wide open to gather as much light as they can to reduce movement in the stars.
The general rule of thumb to take a night image without blurry stars is E = 400 / FL where E is the exposure time in seconds, 400 is a proven constant, and FL is the focal length of the lens. Under that rule, one would need an exposure of 17 seconds or less.
That requires a high ISO which in turn reduces image quality. Using a star tracker solves that problem but creates two more.
If you are tracking the stars, by definition the land is blurry. This means two sets of images, one for the sky and one for the land plus an ability to blend them together.
Other Bryce Canyon Images
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Winter Sunrise, Sunset Point
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Thunderhead at Sunset, Sunrise Point
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Sunrise, Fairland Canyon Viewpoint
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Sunrise, Bryce Point Overlook
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Sunset, Bryce Point Overlook
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