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New on 500px : spanish banks by cturzak by cturzak

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New on 500px : Porteau Cove Sunset by Patrick_Lundgren by Patrick_Lundgren

Sunset at Porteau Cove Provincial Park near Squamish BC.

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New on 500px : Karmic Light by DanielMejiaPhotography by DanielMejiaPhotography

This is White Rock Beach in BC. A beautiful and peaceful location with waterfront restaurants, shops, good vibes and long boardwalks for enlightening conversations. After spending the day enjoying the sun, the view and the refreshing ocean breeze my friend and I decided to head back home. As we were driving back we looked up at the sky and realized that it was beginning to form an array of amazing wavy clouds. We decided to head back to the beach once again in hope to experience and photograph a spectacular sunset; and that it was. We had the “we’re so glad we came back” faces all evening long.

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New on 500px : Asleep under the Milky Way by abirkill by abirkill

A while ago a friend got in touch and asked if I wanted to go and take some star shots at Porteau Cove. Although I’ve shot this location at night quite a lot, I didn’t have any other plans, so I figured why not!

The forecast looked a bit touch and go, but was good in Vancouver, which suggested we might have a good chance looking towards the south, which is also where the most interesting part of the Milky Way was. Although there was quite a lot of glow from the cities of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, there was also good visibility of the Milky Way. The glow also nicely silhouetted Anvil Island, making it stand out clearly on the horizon.

We also took along a tent to act as a prop. Even though using a tent as a prop in night sky photography is about as cliched as photographing a street of yellow cabs in New York, there’s no denying it is an effective foreground element! I used an app on my phone that allows the screen to be set to display any colour to light the tent from inside, allowing us to control the appearance of the tent. A warm yellow-orange setting simulated candlelight quite well, and the tent nicely diffused the light.

To increase sharpness and reduce noise, I took two different shots to make up this image, a 20 second exposure of the stars at f/2.8, ISO 3200, and a 2.5 minute exposure of the ground at f/2.8, ISO 400. The two exposures were equivalent in brightness, allowing me to easily blend the longer, less-noisy ground detail in with the shorter exposure of the sky.

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New on 500px : Low Tide by BasicElementsphoto by BasicElementsphoto

Sunset in Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada. The Tide was out and these sunken reefs were visible. It was the first time in a hanfull of stops at this spot I have seen the water like this.

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