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New on 500px : My Office View by shaneblack by shaneblack

While the hike to this spot was miserable from carrying too much gear, I can’t argue with this view. Really loving my Nemo Galaxi 2P tent!

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New on 500px : Moonlight Madness by tadingle by tadingle

I was surprised to be able to capture the moon and the Milky Way in the same frame with a single shot. This was imaged at Sequoia National Park, CA.

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New on 500px : frozen gold by FelixInden by FelixInden

I shot this vertorama on one of my most remarkable evening of landscape photography.
I found the files for this stitch while screening through my older folders and i was very happy that with the processing skills i learned over the last year i was abled to get this done.
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New on 500px : Noctambulism by miketaylorphoto by miketaylorphoto

An incredible amount of green and a bit of maroon colored airglow are prominent in this 16 image night sky panorama which features the full Milky Way arc and covers 240 degrees of view from North (left) to South (right). I centered this image around one of the iconic gnarly trees that clings to the top of the canyon wall at Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah. The bright light on the horizon to the left of the tree is light pollution coming from the town of Moab. This image was stitched via PTGui and processed through Lightroom 5 (twice, once for the foreground and once for the sky) and Photoshop CS5.

Noctambulism is another word for sleepwalking.

Nikon D600 & 14-24 @ 14mm
f/2.8 – 16 x 30 secs – ISO 4000 – WB Kelvin 3570
06/04/14 – 1:20AM

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New on 500px : Nature & Man by miketaylorphoto by miketaylorphoto

Nature & Man: Iridium Flare, Milky Way, Clouds and Light Pollution

What is an Iridium flare?

Iridium flares are often mistaken for meteors because of their notable bright flashes of light in the night sky but they are actually caused by a specific group of satellites that orbit our planet. An Iridium flare is a specific type of satellite flare that is made when the antennas of an Iridium communication satellite reflect sunlight directly onto the surface of the Earth. The satellites are in a near-polar orbit at an altitude of 485 miles and their orbital period is approximately 100 minutes with a velocity of 16,800 miles per hour. The uniqueness of Iridium flares is that the spacecraft emits ‘flashes’ of very bright reflected light that sweep in narrow focused paths across the surface of the Earth. An Iridium communication satellite’s Main Mission Antenna is a silver-coated Teflon antenna array that mimics near-perfect mirrors – this array is angled at 40 degrees away from the axis of the body of the satellite. This can provide a specular reflection of the Sun’s disk, periodically causing a dazzling glint of reflected sunlight. At the Earth’s surface, the specular reflection is probably less than 50 miles wide, so each flare can only be viewed from a fairly small area. The flare duration can last from anywhere between 5 to 20 seconds and can easily be seen by the naked eye.

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This image is one frame from a time lapse of the Milky Way & other features of the night sky in motion against a silhouetted foreground. Photographed from an undisclosed location in Western Maine, this shot includes quite a bit of light pollution & some fast moving cloud cover. Most of the light pollution in this image is coming from Farmington, Maine which is about 35 miles from this location. The footage from this time lapse will be featured in my upcoming short film Shot In The Dark.

Nikon D600 & 14-24 @ 14mm
f/2.8 – 30 secs – ISO 3200 – WB Kelvin 3570
06/23/14 – 11:07PM
Processed via Lightroom 5 & Photoshop CS5

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New on 500px : Milky Way Rising by tadingle by tadingle

This image was captured on a rural highway in the mountains of California. It is very difficult to find an area in Southern California that has not been completely polluted by light. Luckily, this one still remains. However, notice the light from two separate cities creeping in from below. I hope that you enjoy. Best viewed on black.

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New on 500px : The Electric Kool-Aid Big Sur Test by silentgphotography by silentgphotography

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McWay Falls, Big Sur, California

While waiting for the Milky Way to rise a couple weeks ago I decided to play with some star trails–not usually my cup of tea but thought it was the perfect opportunity to let the D800E I was borrowing do its thing while I was sprawled out on the ground, listening to the crashing waves and watching for shooting stars.

Every now and then I like these shorter star trails, and once the Milky Way rose the 45 minutes dedicated to this shot was enough. I feel night photography is often even more open-ended than general landscape work, and sometimes I embrace the hell out of light pollution. A large boat was making its way north and added the warm glow, the Milky Way rose in the middle of the trails on the left and because of personal taste I use really cold white balances when shooting the night sky–it just happens to fit into my work flow. And I think it added to this wanna-be-Alex-Grey-esque psychedelic scene.

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New on 500px : Under an African Sky by markdumbleton by markdumbleton

The Milky Way streaks across the clear African sky, warmed by a faint glow from nearby towns. The Baobab tree was illuminated by a small torch, adding definition to an almost solid silhouette.



Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.



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New on 500px : Silhouette Curves In The Starry Night by MikeBerenson by MikeBerenson

If you ask me, Irene shows her best side on first approach. From the first time I scouted Lake Irene before I did workshops there, I was drawn to the way the trees framed this view of reflected beauty ahead as the trail first reaches the lake. On this night photography workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park, I encouraged my students to be patient while some wet weather finished rolling through the park. I did some in-field training and we headed to the first spot on my list – Lake Irene. Shortly after we arrived, the clouds cleared and the Milky Way finished rotating into perfect position… There is a lot more to this post… see the rest of the backstory, how I got the shot, and get free wallpaper from http://ift.tt/1tZAcTx _______________________________ It’s time to get ready for some awesome milky way skies. Either on your own or in a workshop, I encourage you to get out there this summer and make the most of it! Upcoming Night Photography Workshops • June – Colorado Photography Festival Symposium & Workshop http://ift.tt/1mVTJjR • June – Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado (6 of 6 spots available) http://ift.tt/1tZAcTB • August – Arches & Canyonlands National Parks in Utah (4 of 6 spots available) http://ift.tt/1mVTJA4
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