This was the last photo I took of Palouse Falls after five hours of trying different compositions that would do both the Milky Way and the falls justice. Sometimes you have to stumble around the dark for awhile before your creative vision matures enough to see what is possible. In this shot I sought to have both the falls and the Milky Way descending to earth with the same trajectory. This is a combination of two exposures, one for the stars and one for the landscape. While waiting for the 10-minute-plus exposure for the land to complete I laid down on the ground next to the cliff and felt, for the first time, the vibration of the earth from the force of the water pounding into the canyon floor. Please note that your computer monitor will likely show this image being brighter and with less contrast than will actually appear in print. This version is edited and proofed for optimal printing and will have much more contrast and dark tones than what you see on your computer screen.
From Night Scenes