Looking west from the Meteor Crater overpass just to the East of Flagstaff. I’ve been here before during the day, several years ago and dreamed of coming back here one day to create this image. This shot took some manual dodging during the exposure to balance out the bright burning car lights with the faint stars of the Milky Way.
A million different paths
With the absence of the moon, I couldn’t miss the great opportunity to brush up on my star trail game. I grabbed my camera and ventured out in the night not knowing where I was going to end up. After about 25 minutes of mindless driving I saw this lone tree in the middle of this field. While I was driving home, thinking about what a great night I had, I realized that it’s sometimes good to not have a plan and instead take the path that life leads you down.
Star trails are fun, but require patience (exposure time about 2 hours). It was bitter cold, about minus 10 Celsius / 14 Fahrenheit, but in the end worth it; skies were clear and it was a beautiful night.
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Marcin Kowalski at the Oksøy Lighthouse
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From Marcin about this image:
CATEGORY: Tracked, Composite
STORY: Here is image I took during my quick local trip to the Oksøy lighthouse in southern Norway. Together with two other photographers, we had a plan to take a boat and visit that place during the night. Unfortunately, because the cold weather battery in the boat was totally flat and we were forced to wait half an hour to charge…but, eventually, we made there.
I had in mind plan for a picture taken with 12mm lens, unfortunately all that lights on that buildings were extremely bright and almost impossible to capture in a balanced way. I decided to go farther away from the planned position and use different focal lengths for the sky and foreground. It was my first time with such a composite, but I am quite happy with the result.
EXIF: The sky was captured with help of star tracker (Vixen Polarie) and it is a 180-second single exposure, ISO 1600. Canon 5DmkIV with Venus Optics - Laowa 12mm/f2.8 lens. Light pollution reduced with NiSi Natural Night filter.
The sky was captured from different place (from the other side of the lighthouse) few minutes before the foreground, with the camera pointed in this same direction.
Foreground is a blend of 7 exposures. The brightness of that buildings was just brutal! Canon 5DmkIV and Canon 17-40/4L ~27mm, ISO 1600.
About this morning!
5am has been my waking hour for the last 4 days. That's when I take a quick wash, wear over 6 layers of clothing (and it's still intensely cold) and head out to see this magnificent sunrise.
Today, things were different. My eyes popped open at 2am and that's when the restlessness started to creep in. So I decided to take the camera for a spin. And what an eventful early morning it was.
Shot on: Sony RX100M3
Total images: 900+
Stacked, Merged and Edited using Starstax, Photoshop and Lightroom