Today, I Celebrate…

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Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

Plato

 

Story behind the image…

Cear skies, new moon, snow plows cris-crossing across the glacier field on Mt Hood and a little bit of light pollution from either the last remanat of day or the lights from nearby Govt Camp to light up and add a warm glow to the few wispy clouds.  I found my spot while there was still light, set up my camera, found a composition I liked with the mountain reflecting in Trillium Lake.  I knew where due north was and chose to offset it to avoid the full circle dead centered.  Including a few trees in sillhouette on the right side balances the image.  I then began making the appropriate adjustments for photographing the night sky: I focused on Mount Hood then turned the focus to manual and taped the focus ring in place to avaoid any shifts in focus.  I set the camera to manual mode and set a base exposure of ISO 3200 f4 @ 15 sec ( I set it up from my normal base of 1600 due to an f4 lens over my normal 14-24mm f2.8).  *Once it got dark and I had a chance to make a test image, I added a few more seconds to a total of 20 sec and with my MC-36 set to fire continuously.  The above image was made with a total of 96 images, processed into one single frame using Russell Brown’s Stac A Matic with Photoshop CS6 Extended and added finishing touches using NIK Detail Extractor, a contrast curve adjustment to make the star trails pop and added a little blue to the sky reducing the reddish cast from the light pollution.  Nikon D4, AF-S 24-120mm f4 @ 24mm