Canon 3Ti, Rokinon 14mm, Vivitar Tripod, flashlight for illuminating the foreground sandstone cliffs.
Color/contrast editing. Removed lots of hot pixels. No stacking of multiple images; just a single exposure ~ 25 seconds, ten second timer allowing me to run forward to illuminate the cliff walls.
New moon phase during July 2021. The night of 7.10.21. Approximately 15 miles into The Last Chance Desert near Solomon's Temple, sandstone monolith...which can be found on Google Maps here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Solomons+Templefirstname.lastname@example.org,-111.3146165,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipP7CM5CSdB7KvxXxr78O7C-qVKbTIpKxk38QZk!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipP7CM5CSdB7KvxXxr78O7C-qVKbTIpKxk38QZk%3Dw360-h239-k-no!7i4160!8i2768!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x874bc8d2e0fe3d79:0xa6ad6862a74c504b!2sFremont+Junction,+UT!3b1!8m2!3d38.7558083!4d-111.381566!3m4!1s0x874a32240169fd91:0xd822785a896d6b12!8m2!3d38.5658092!4d-111.3146138?hl=en
I had a very short window to shoot as the Oregon Bootleg Fire smoke and haze has been blowing into Utah for weeks. A cool night breeze kicked up, giving me a one hour window between 10:45 and 11:45PM that night. Then the smoke and haze returned for an hour or so dimming the Milky Way and most stars. Later another window opened between 12:30 and 2:00 AM but was murky near the ground and less clear than the previous time slot. Still .... a great night to be alone in the desert with the stars and a few mammals scurrying around.