Petra by night

We made a few trips to Petra while in Jordan.

After heading here on the Thursday night, a little too late for Petra by night, we bought a 2 day pass and went in there for an afternoon to scout out the place and see where we wanted to be the following morning for sunrise, and also to get an idea of the lay of the land for when we returned for the Petra by night show on the Monday night.

I’m not sure if it was sweet talk, luck or money that saw us get into the grounds 30 minutes before everyone else did for this, but once in Conor and Jimmy sprinted the mile or so from the gates to the treasury, and I ambled along in a slightly more relaxed manner behind them – though did meet up with them before the candles had all been laid out.

Once there, it seemed liked we only had 10 minutes to fire off as many shots as possible before the masses arrived, and so took the opportunity to get get the camera settings right, and to make our way inside the treasury itself.

After the show started we settled on the sidelines snapping away, which is where I took this shot.

I took around 140 shots from this location, as after taking the initial exposures for the foreground I wanted to try and get some star movement in the sky. This proved pretty difficult due to the light flares coming from the ground, so I ended up sticking a baseball cap over the majority of the lens to take the ground away and focus purely on the stars. Unfortunately there were people moving around after the show, and standing in the way with cameras and flashes so I had to remove these from the scene, resulting in a few skips in the star movement in this final image. That’s a pity, but I still quite like it.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 4000
  • Shutter speed: 15s