Field Trip: Red Rock Canyon


Red Rock Canyon State Park - January 29, 2011
Led by David and Christine Wilkins

Red Rock Canyon State Park is close by and offers many photo opportunities.  The red cliffs and sandstone formations are always interesting and Red Rock Canyon is the closest site from which one can shoot the Milky Way and good star trails.  Last years trip to photograph star tails was compromised by all the clouds.  This year we are going to do a more all-purpose trip with star trails and Milky Way shots as part of the program.  I think the cliffs would make some great black and white images so I want to try that too.

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We plan on arriving about 1 PM and spending the afternoon shooting the cliffs from various locations.  We will start at the visitor center and leave from there.  Then about 4PM we will find one of the campsites and cook dinner over charcoal.  Hobo packs work great for this.  About 6:30 PM or so we will find a spot to photograph the Milky Way and star trails.  If the weather does not cooperate we will leave after the cookout.

Wide-angle lenses work best for Milky Way shots and a tripod and remote release are essential.  The weather will probably be cold, especially after sundown, so dress appropriately.  There are sites that require a minimal amount of walking and others that require more.  For the night shot it will be dark with no moon, so bring a flashlight and/or a headlamp and sturdy shoes.

The turnoff to the campground from Highway 14 is on the left as one goes north.  Turn in to the visitor center area and drive to the campground.  There is a $6 per car day use fee that can be paid at the visitor center.  Red Rock Canyon State Park is about 50 miles north of Lancaster on Highway 14.


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