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Significance



Lately I have become obsessed with taking photos of the stars. I love using long exposures to capture what the human eye is incapable of seeing. But there is ...
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Lately I have become obsessed with taking photos of the stars. I love using long exposures to capture what the human eye is incapable of seeing. But there is one precise moment that I love in particular. There is a moment after I've found the perfect camera placement and I've set all of the camera's exposure settings to best capture the scene. More specifically, this moment occurs just after the shutter release has been pressed. The shutter opens for 30 or more seconds and there is nothing but silence. No longer do I think about the photo and it is too late to make any changes to this particular exposure, so I sit. I enjoy the night. The darkness. The stars. The silence. In this moment, there is no need to worry about the complications that occur during the day. And when I look at the stars I think about how insignificant those complications are when compared to how great the galaxy around us is. I come to realize that while the daylight allows us to clearly view the scene that exists in our immediate vicinity, it also creates a veil that blinds us from seeing our true place in the galaxy. A clear night sky gives us the gift of perspective and significance.

This is a silhouette self-portrait with the center of the Milky Way near Newton Avenue in Narragansett, Rhode Island. It was shot with a Canon EOS 6D and Rokinon 14mm F-2.8 Ultra Wide Lens. Aperture: F-2.8, Shutter Speed: 30 seconds, ISO: 3200.
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MRueffer
 
MRueffer August 23, 2015
Fabulous image! Great words! Makes it even better :-)
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alexcampanella August 23, 2015
Thank you! :)
violetiverson
 
violetiverson August 24, 2015
Beautiful.
FazooLoo
 
FazooLoo August 26, 2015
Fantastic and the location of the shoot, 10/10!
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alexcampanella August 26, 2015
Thanks!
RiversideAvenue
 
RiversideAvenue September 08, 2015
Beautiful photo. I wonder where the airplane is travelling to :)
Iwona PRO+
 
Iwona October 05, 2015
congrats! amazing photo!
samanthaliddick
 
samanthaliddick October 08, 2015
Great!
DFane PRO+
 
DFane October 09, 2015
This photo is astounding, honestly, every phototure of the night sky will always be different so each and every shot is special. Also you managed to get a shooting star in the shot! :0)
beamphoto PRO
 
beamphoto October 12, 2015
Wow.
hmusadi PRO+
 
hmusadi October 13, 2015
Amazing
JulianneBradford
 
JulianneBradford October 20, 2015
Marvelous! Congratulations. I also love slow shutter speed work. Colors brighten, and the world slows down too just for the moments that the minutes tick off. Congrats!
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 October 20, 2015
The title is almost as great as the photograph!!! Congrats!!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 29, 2015
Congratulations on all your Awards!
rochellerapley
 
rochellerapley December 17, 2015
WOW, You have inspired me, I have too just become obsessed with the stars at night trying to get that perfect photo,THANKYOU I wont give up trying until they look like yours!
andrzejzieliski
 
andrzejzieliski February 21, 2016
congats!
chairul4nw4r
 
chairul4nw4r April 12, 2016
very nice
WendyR
 
WendyR June 30, 2016
Such an amazing image. Right place at the right time :)
cagslane PRO+
 
cagslane July 23, 2016
Amazing image . Just beautiful .
DABalcanoff PRO
 
DABalcanoff July 23, 2016
Beautiful photo. I love it
snapphappypappy
 
snapphappypappy September 18, 2016
Outstanding photo. I need to learn how to capture this type of image.
gajendrsinhshivubhajadeja
 
gajendrsinhshivubhajadeja September 19, 2016
love this photo a lot ....stars attract star
Rollcage_media
 
Rollcage_media September 30, 2016
Magnifique photo!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis October 18, 2016
Magnificent..thank you for the great write up and inspiration:-)
akhmadramadhan
 
akhmadramadhan October 24, 2016
this is absolutely stunning
tg2125 Premium
 
tg2125 January 16, 2017
Amazing!
livioferrari PRO+
 
livioferrari March 06, 2017
Congratulations.
joybello PRO
 
joybello March 27, 2017
What a great shot!! Inspiring!
alexcampanella PRO+
alexcampanella March 27, 2017
Thank you!
pjetkagrotewal
 
pjetkagrotewal April 27, 2017
Amazing!!
podesta
 
podesta May 21, 2017
Amazing capture
podesta
 
podesta May 28, 2017
Fantastic capture
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion June 06, 2017
amazing shot and location\
4080_8902
 
4080_8902 August 05, 2017
You can see forever in this picture

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Rhode Island "Right of Way to the Coast" near Newton Avenue in Narragansett, RI USA. It part of Rhode Island's beautiful rocky coastline. I found the textures of the rocks to be particularly interesting and the area is full of large tidal pools.
Time
In order to capture the center of the Milky Way in the correct direction I needed to do a good amount of planning before I even brought my camera to the location of the photo. Earlier that day I had traveled to this location and spotted potential scenes while using a compass to mark cardinal directions. Then I using a combination of The Photographer's Ephemeris and Stellarium apps, I found that the center of the Milky Way was going to be in the southern part of the sky at about 10:00pm. Fortunately, the southern part of the sky was the least affected by ambient light from the surrounding houses and street lamps.
Lighting
This is one of my first photos of the Milky Way and I had read that the best way to capture a photo of the Milky Way was to find an area that was not affected by much ambient light. Unfortunately, Rhode Island is a very densely populated state and it can be very difficult to find coastal areas that are not affected by ambient from houses or street lights. In my first couple RAW captures, I noticed that the ambient light from the houses on the right created a slight glow on the horizon, but did not affect the representation of the Milky Way too much. I then decided that this ambient light provided the perfect opportunity to create a silhouette self-portrait under neat the Milky Way.
Equipment
This photo was shot using a Canon 6D with a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. A cable release was used to minimize camera shake for a 30 second exposure and lock the shutter release while the camera was in Continuous Drive Mode. A tripod was also used to minimize camera shake and keep the camera composed while I walked into the frame to create the silhouette. This photo was taken on rocky terrain near the open ocean, so it would have been dangerous to have been wandering around this area with having a trustworthy headlamp to guide my steps as well.
Inspiration
Recently I have been extremely fascinated by astrophotography and I have been reading tutorials on night photography on lonelyspeck.com. I particularly enjoy how astrophotography allows us to gain a much larger perspective into the galaxy. Also, I am really interested in Rhode Island's dramatic coastline and the "Right of Ways" that mandate public access to the coast. I decided that it would be a good opportunity to combine my knowledge to attempt to get an interesting capture of the Milky Way.
Editing
I'm still a novice when it comes to photoshop and I'm sure that there are many better ways to process this photo. The final product is actually one RAW capture. I did my best to reduce the amount of ambient light coming from the houses on the right. Also, I isolated the foreground and the sky in order to edit for color and tone separately. Lastly, I brushed in a sharpening filter to bring out detail from the Milky Way and a Gaussian blur to blend it back into the sky.
In my camera bag
In my bag, I always have my Canon 24-105mm f/4L as well as my Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 is a fully manual lens, but it is a fast, wide-angle that works unbelievably well to capture night skies. I consider my Canon 24-105mm f/4L to be a utility lens that is great in a variety of situations from landscape to portrait photography. I also always carry a cable shutter release and a remote shutter release as well as a Polaroid intervalometer for time-lapses and exposures that are longer than 30 seconds. Lastly, I always have my collection of filters. This contains uv filters, polarized filters, and both graduated and full neutral density filters.
Feedback
One of the reasons I love this photo is because of the tremendous amount of planning I did before I even touched my camera. Mobile apps like The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) and Stellarium are unbelievable valuable and are great because you can use them on scene with a smart phone. The Photographer's Ephemeris provides information on the moon's phases and position relative to the scene. It is important to attempt to shoot the Milky Way when the moon as in the beginning of its cycle (slightly before, during and slightly after a New Moon) because a bright moon creates distracting ambient light. Also, TPE provides information about when civil, nautical and astronomical twilight will begin and end so that can get the best view of the Milky Way. The Milky Way changes position in the night sky throughout the year and the best times to capture it in North America are during the summer months. The Stellarium app allows you to see the astronomical position of all of the stars by simply entering any date and time. With a combination of these apps, you can plan the direction you will point the camera as well as the best time to shoot to maximize your chances of a good capture. When it comes to lens choice, using a fast, wide-angle lens allows the camera's sensor to capture as much light from the stars as possible. The wide-angle also makes it easier to compose the photo in order to capture as much of the fore-ground and the Milky Way as possible. For exposure settings, I used a 30 second exposure, f/2.8 aperture and ISO 3200 to allow as much light into the sensor as possible. A tripod was required to eliminate camera shake during the long exposure. In order to create the silhouette in the frame, I put the camera in Continuous Drive Mode and attached a cable shutter release. This allowed me to lock the shutter so that the camera would take consecutive 30 second exposures until I unlocked it, giving me time to use my headlamp and walk to a position in the frame that I felt added compositional value. After standing as still as possible for enough time to allow my camera to get a couple captures, I walked back to the camera to unlock the cable release and view my capture.

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