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The Christmas Star in Montana

Prints of the Month Special – January – Save 40%

This brand new photo of mine is one of 3 new images being featured in my Prints of the Month Special for January, 2021. Scroll down for ordering info…

In order for us to find an area without clouds last night to photograph the “Christmas Star” – the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn – Whitney Hall and I drove 100 miles west, the last 10 of which was along a dirt road leading us to McCartney Mountain outside Twin Bridges, Montana. This was photographed in the last remaining moments of astronomical dusk, when Jupiter and Saturn were nearing the horizon. A partial moon was perfect to add some light to the snow in the area.

The planning started a few days ago looking at weather reports trying to find a cloud-free sky up to 200 miles from home, because the forecast for home was too cloudy. The day of the shoot I narrowed down a large area of where it was expected to be less than 20% cloud cover just 100 miles away.

I spent a few hours on google maps trying to find a photogenic area where we were planning on going to, with no conclusive results. So we left the house at 3pm hoping for the best – both that my weather reports were correct and that we’d find a decent place to photograph it.

As the sun was setting we found ourselves pulled over the side of the road in Twin Bridges. We were looking for a scenic area in a wide flat valley and running out of time. While seeing the Highland Mountains in the near distance, Whitney had been studying the topo map and noticed some dirt roads going towards them. Using a star app on our iPhones, the topo map, and our instincts, we got to this location at the perfect time.

A true team effort and Whit deserves a bunch of credit for getting us there.

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Prints of the Month Special – January

This brand new photo of mine is one of 3 new images being featured in my Prints of the Month Special for January, 2021.

Each month I release up to 5 brand new photographs and make them available here for purchase at a tremendous savings for just that month.

Save 40% on select open edition sizes & finishes and receive FREE shipping to U.S. addresses! (no coupon needed).

Paper Photo Print Suitable for Framing

Available as an 11″ x 14″ print or a 16″ x 20″ print, the photo is printed by myself in my home studio using the finest paper & inks to provide you a print that will last a lifetime and shipped insured via FedEx ground. The print features a 1″ white border surrounding the image for ease of matting & framing. Most prints ship within 2 weeks of your order.

Gallery Wood Mount

Available in either 32″ x 24″ or 40″ x 30″ sizes, the photo is printed on fine art paper with a protective laminate applied. Print is mounted onto a wood MDF backer with a recessed float frame. These come ready to hang on the wall and feature very minimal glare/reflection.

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