Joseph Thomas

Catch a Falling Star by Joseph Thomas


Catch a Falling Star

by Joseph Thomas

33" x 24"

Fine Art Photography




Published in the National Geographic story, “After Midnight,” and recognized by Defenders of Wildlife as one of America’s top wild lands photographs - A meteor pierces the atmosphere and streaks across the star-powdered sky, ending its long cosmic journey. Photographing at night always heightens my awareness that we too are on a cosmic journey, whirling through time and space on a minuscule planet. Bristlecone pine trees are some of my favorite photography subjects with their gnarled, twisted, and sinewy branches. They are among the oldest living things on Earth and they take on a hauntingly mysterious beauty after they die. Getting the Shot: I spent the afternoon climbing up and down the mountainside looking for a good composition. Ultimately, I decided that this specimen was especially enchanting. The camera is only a few inches off the ground and the front of the lens is only a few inches away from the leading edge of the log in the lower right-hand corner of the frame. Focus stacking techniques were therefore required in order to get sharp focus from the log all the way out to the distant stars. The foreground was lit by my headlamp on this moonless night. I had no doubt this was going to make a compelling image at night with the stars in the sky behind this spectacular tree, but when I unexpectedly caught the meteor in the frame, I knew the shot would be out of this world! The Gallery Stack Mounting I use for this image is an alternative to traditional framing that gives images maximum color, minimum glare, and a clean contemporary look. Go to this web address to see an example of the mounted print: This photograph is also available in a variety of sizes and mounting options to fit your space, decor, and budget. Please contact me at to find out more information and be sure to let me know that you found this image through Xanadu.


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