I was heading out to the Southern California desert to shoot star trails at this spot a few people told me about. I checked the weather on a new moon night and saw that it was supposed to be clear skies the whole night. So I took my time driving out since I never imagined that there would be a sunset. As I pulled up and parked I was completely overtaken by these cloud formations that had rolled in an hour before sunset. So I quickly loaded my camera on my tripod and headed out to find my composition. As the sun set below the horizon, the clouds overhead started to turn these brilliant, various colors of red... with pockets in between some of the formations to reveal the blue sky.

Shooting off a few shoots before the color disappeared and unexpectedly “Emerge” was born.


So as night fell I set up my camera to photograph star trails in the composition I felt was the strongest, which was due east. I figured that I would get some ambient light from the nearby town which would add a nice color element to the image. I started by taken 30 minute exposures but wanted the star trails to have longer legs so I adjusted my settings and took one exposure for an hour. As luck would have it, just as my hour was up I could see a dust storm approaching from the west so I quickly grabbed my gear and ran to the truck, loaded everything and jump in just in

the nick of time before I was engulfed.




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The Fine Art Landscape Photography of Jaysun McMillin