Photographing Little Sahara Recreation Area

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Added by Prajit Ravindran

  • 60,000 acres of sand dunes, trails, and sagebrush flats
  • The recreation area is about 12 miles long and 10 miles wide
  • Sand Mountain, a wall of sand climbing nearly 700 feet
  • Dark skies with awesome views of the Milky Way
What I used:
  • An old Nikon D80 that was converted into an infrared camera. The infrared camera can be used to create some unique images. The monochrome images that I uploaded were created with the IR camera.
  • NIkon D7000. I used these for the night shots with milky way. The images were created using a high ISO (4000-6400 range) and about 15-20 sec shutter speed at f 2.8. This setting helped to capture the stars and milky way well.
  • Mamiya RB-67: This was an old medium format film camera that I used to create the image of the red tree with the star trails. It was single 34 minute exposure. The red color on the tree is from a camp fire nearby. I use film for star trails since there is very little noise compared to digital cameras.

If you need a little help getting to Little Sahara, per Utah.com the entrance road to Little Sahara directions are outlined:

  • 4 miles west of Jericho Junction
  • From Nephi (west): 31 miles via SR 132 and Juab County Route 1812
  • From Eureka (south): 18 miles on US 6
  • From Delta (north): 34 miles on US 6
  • Little Sahara is approximately 115 miles from Salt Lake City via Nephi

For specific geo-coordinates in the recreation area, check out duneguide.com.

Pack List

  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Dress in layers (the desert gets very cold at night)
  • Camera (see description for exacts)
  • Tripod
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Activities:

Chillin, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Features:

Bathrooms
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Added by Prajit Ravindran

Hello, My name is Prajit Ravindran. I am a landscape/adventure photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I specialize in photographing the night skies, usually with a human element in it

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