Amazing Astrophotography Showcases the Fiery Beauty of Monument Valley in Arizona

Astrophotography by Michael Abramyan

If you’re willing to embark on a long road trip, you can capture some amazing photos along the way. This was the case for photographer Michael Abramyan. In the summer of 2021, he drove 5,000 miles from his home on the East Coast and snapped incredible images, one of the most spectacular of them being at Monument Valley in Arizona. The astrophotography shot features a swirling fiery sky that is dotted with stars over a silhouetted rock formation and ground-hugging desert plants. It’s a stunning display that showcases the splendor of Earth and the stars as they swirl in one big cosmic gumbo.

Astrophotography shots have the tendency to be meticulously planned. Photographers find exact coordinates and then look to weather forecasts and celestial predictions to make sure they can snap the perfect pictures. But as Abramyan explains, this composition was pure kismet.

“As I was heading to the Forrest Gump point,” he writes, “I noticed this beautiful angle on the three buttes named (from left to right) Stage Coach, King on his Throne, and Brigham's Tomb. I shot the foreground as the Sun was setting and came back to this location after twilight to link up with my newfound friend Levi Mize and shoot some tracked sky shots as the Milky Way core made its way over the buttes.”

This image, along with more of Abramyan’s work, is available as a print in his online shop.

Photographer Michael Abramyan has traveled the U.S. capturing incredible astrophotography.

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From the desert to the ocean, he shows each terrain sparkles under the beauty of swirling stars.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Michael Abramyan.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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