This complex scene is intriguing during the day with its bright white ground and pedestals, and yellow orange cap rocks. It comes alive at night when painted with light. The rich patterns and textures of the various land features caused by erosion are amplified by using the entire tonal range. The dreamy sky features star trails with the Milky Way in the center. The pink color of the wispy clouds and purple sky were caused by smoke from distant wildfires. Too much smoke causes hazy skies. On this night it was just perfect to create this pleasing effect.
Preeminent was selected for the At Night international exhibition at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, Texas. The exhibition runs from June 11 through September 3, 2021 and is an exploration of night photography.