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In the Canyon at night

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In the Canyon at night

I'll be in Bryce July 19-21st (new Moon) and would like to get night sky shots up through the HooDoos. Is this possible? Where is best place for this? Will I be mauled by a mountain lion? Any and all suggestions welcomed!

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1. Re: In the Canyon at night

It is the wilderness, but I personally wouldn't worry too much about mountain lions. The quickest access to hoodoos is likely Queen's Garden. Or if you want the famous Thor's Hammer, that would be an easy one too.

The sky changes each night, so can't know of exactly where to go. These set up sometimes take a couple of days to shoot. One day for scouting, and the next for the actual shoot. You really have to wait for a few hours past sundown for the Milky Way to appear in all of its glory. Bundle up with layers, because Bryce is at an elevation of 8,000 feet, so could get cooler in the wee hours.

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2. Re: In the Canyon at night

Just hike one of the trails down & wander around until you find the best silhouettes. What may look great during the day might be bland at night. Take your time and enjoy it. Hiking & photographing at night amidst the hoodoos is a wonderful experience, and NO crowds.

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3. Re: In the Canyon at night

Make sure you have a headlamp for your hike down into the canyon and back up. It can be so dark that you can't really see the trail, and there are drop-offs with no rails to keep you from falling off the edge. Once you're down into the canyon that won't be an issue as much depending on where you go.

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