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For those curious, this was a single exposure with light painting.
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I took this while scouting for an upcoming private tour. The sky was amazing that night. It was probably the brightest core of the Milky Way I have ever seen. That made developing this shot really easy – no need to work to pull out the deep space colors – they were already there in the camera.
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This was my third time going up to the White Mountains to get that just right shot.
I slept in the suv until 1 in the morning then took the hike up to my favorite tree.
The clouds were spotty but I had some openings.
This is my first post of this photo shoot I hope you like it.
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Ancient Neighbors; Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California. This tree may be old (4-5000 years) but it is dwarfed in comparison by the 13.2 billion year old Milky Way that watches above. I first shot here back in October of last year when it was 9 degrees out (with fresh cougar tracks in the snow) and made the decision to come back when the threat of death wasn’t as likely. I’m glad I did since the summer MW is brightest this time of year. Enjoy!
Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE
Stars: 4 minutes (SkyTracker), F2.8, ISO 800
Foreground: 2 minutes, F/4.5, ISO 400, light painted with LED’s
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The Twisted Life; Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. This ancient tree has seen somewhere around 3,000,000 sunrises and sunsets during its life of about 4,000 years. I’ve been lucky enough to witness about eight (with no zero’s) but I’d like to think this was one of the better ones. Enjoy!
Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21
Sky: 1/30, F/8, ISO 100
Foreground: .6 seconds, F/8, ISO 100
LR5 -> CS6
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To be amongst some of the oldest living trees in the world is quite a unique experience. My night at Patriarch Grove in particular was unforgettable. The moonless sky was like nothing I had ever seen before, and the beautiful white rock reflected all of the star glow. This glow provided natural ambient light for not only the photographs, but also to help us see where we were going without LED headlamps. The green cast you are seeing in the sky is called “airglow” and it is natural to the photograph. I was able to take this photograph with one exposure and some post processing, although I did not light up the tree or do any exposure blending. This is one RAW frame with color correction, contrast, noise reduction, and selective dodging and burning. Words can not express how beautiful the sky was up in the White Mountains of California, however, I hope this photograph does some justice to what I saw there that night.
If you would like to learn how to process images like this check out my Tutorial page with Dave Morrow.
EXIF: 30SEC F/2.8 ISO6400
Canon 6D, Rokinon 14MM F/2.8
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