Today, I Celebrate…

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I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

Vincent Van Gogh

 

Story behind the image…

I love night photography and take every chance I have to get out and make images of the night sky.  Most of what I know is from trial and error and while I do ok, I decided it would be fun to take a night sky workshop to see what I could do to improve my night photography skills and my finishing of night photography images.  Saturday at Mt Hood was clear and warm.  We arrived at Trillium Lake for sunset and stayed beyond into the night.  After photographing at the lake until well after midnight, most folks had wrapped up and gone back to their hotels and bed but, I was still in the mood to keep photographing so, I headed up the road to Timberline Lodge.  I got to the top and turned around heading back down the hill so, I could see where I wanted to pull over.  I found a big turnout facing out to the south.  Government Camp was below and putting out a lot of light pollution but, a fog layer had rolled in and was diffusing it nicely leaving a warm glow so, I included it in the image.  Normally I use my faster lenses for night photography but, I just happened to have the 24-120mm on one body and it was the focal range I wanted so, I cranked the ISO up a bit more and clicked off images for about a half hour to capture enough images to make a star trail.  I shot in RAW format and didn’t use in camera time lapse as I knew I would want to extract a photo or two as single captures.  Nikon D4, AF-S 24-120mm @f24mm  ISO 4500 f4 @ 30 seconds