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Expansion



The thought that the universe is constantly expanding is as terrifying as it is incomprehensible.

The thought that the universe is constantly expanding is as terrifying as it is incomprehensible.
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32 Comments | Report
jmphotography2323 PRO+
 
jmphotography2323 May 06, 2016
beautiful!
dereksturman
dereksturman May 27, 2016
Thank you :)
SeanAllenPhoto Premium
 
SeanAllenPhoto May 08, 2016
Great photo!
dereksturman
dereksturman May 27, 2016
Thanks :)
katydid1 PRO+
 
katydid1 May 08, 2016
I want to go there!
dereksturman
dereksturman May 27, 2016
It's an incredible place, though I was surprised it wasn't at all what I had expected.
busrabat
 
busrabat June 13, 2016
Excellent!!
ariksandoval
 
ariksandoval June 13, 2016
This is amazing.
JennyLee82
 
JennyLee82 June 26, 2016
PERFECT. Perfect photo & PERFECT description/comment to go with. Outstanding & beautiful.
tonytootony
 
tonytootony July 02, 2016
Stunning image!
jgaw
 
jgaw July 12, 2016
Hello,
I have serious question. I am interesting Astrophotography and I would like to now how can I catch something like your amazing photo!! I tried many times and one photo I could say is avarage so I need some hints :)
TomCornish
 
TomCornish July 19, 2016
Stunning!
philmunyard
 
philmunyard July 20, 2016
What a wonderful image, depicting how small we are in this fantastic universe.
Marcopolo1
 
Marcopolo1 July 20, 2016
The starry night
The shining moon
The stars
The sky
This picture is perfect I hope you take another one soon
Witmar
 
Witmar July 21, 2016
very good shot
Weller95
 
Weller95 July 26, 2016
This is really an amazing photo and the colours of the sky is just wow :)
sigridbh PRO+
 
sigridbh August 05, 2016
Unique capture and composition. In addition to the amazing sky and the person standing there, I see two elephant heads!
rkasparek
 
rkasparek August 11, 2016
Awe inspiring!
nishantmandiye
 
nishantmandiye August 11, 2016
I have asked this in another of your photo. Is the exposure 30secs? did the person stay that still for that long?
EricaAlmquist
 
EricaAlmquist August 28, 2016
Incredible!
EthanPrager
 
EthanPrager September 26, 2016
I thought that this was for fences PS #fake
danieledwardbowman
 
danieledwardbowman September 29, 2016
so jealous of this one, i gotta get one next season
SRSVIEW
 
SRSVIEW October 15, 2016
Awesome mate and so neat and clean
guidodiana
 
guidodiana October 23, 2016
Talking about an epic selfie! Great shot
JanStaes
 
JanStaes November 04, 2016
Amazing job! Well done!
roma_pt
 
roma_pt January 07, 2017
Nice!!! What lenses you used?
toddgerlach
 
toddgerlach January 18, 2017
Awe inspiring. Great picture.
joneill66
 
joneill66 February 16, 2017
This is so great!
miguelnazareth
 
miguelnazareth April 15, 2017
Great photo!!!!
johnboywalton196 Premium
 
johnboywalton196 April 15, 2017
An absolutely superb Milky Way arch. Fantastic colours. Brilliant!!
michellenyss
 
michellenyss September 08, 2017
Amazing shot !!
TimothyPrincehorn
 
TimothyPrincehorn September 13, 2017
Love that you had a person in the shot. Excellent shot.
taragreen_1884
 
taragreen_1884 October 12, 2017
Absolutely stunning, if that s what Heaven is like, then that’s where I m going
kev.tre
 
kev.tre March 01, 2018
Im going to iceland hoping to capture pics like this !
susanmcfarland
 
susanmcfarland March 16, 2018
perfect shot
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Behind The Lens

Location
Rock arch in Joshua Tree National park California.
Time
Mmmm this was sometime after midnight and before 4 am, I would estimate like 3 to 2:30 am since the astro conditions where prime at that time.
Lighting
I was fortunate to get just a few clouds that caught that orange light pollution from LA just enough to add some dynamic colors to the image.
Equipment
Cannon T5i with a Velbon Tripod & Tokina 11-16mm lens.
Inspiration
I have always been inspired most by the work of Michael Shainblum who has several breath taking captures in this park. I simply had to attempt some shots in the park myself.
Editing
Yes, unfortunately it took a lot to bring out the color after using a crop sensor, there is a lot of color correction and noise reduction along with separate exposures for the sky and foreground to try and neutralize the noise and illuminate the foreground more.
In my camera bag
Typically I carry 5 to 10 extra batteries just in case, I am that guy who somehow always gets to the location of a perfect sunset with no shooting ability due to dead batteries. I also carry anywhere from 3 to 5 extra 32gb Sd cards (again, I have stranded myself on this front various times). Other than these I carry a lens cleaning kit, A water proof camera cover in case of rain, sheath knife, Time lapse and Shutter remote, Polarizers, ND & ND soft Grad filter set,
Feedback
Shooting astrophotography I have learned that two things are really going to affect how your images turn out: Light pollution, and your cameras ability to handle low light scenes. I was actually fairly surprised at how much Light pollution I encountered in Joshua Tree after hearing that it is a California premiere dark sky park. If the alignment of the Milkyway had been even slightly different shooting in Joshua Tree would be very difficult with the light from Las Vegas and Los Angeles so proximal to the area. In short, always get as far away from all sources of light as possible. Your cameras image sensor always plays a major role in your ability to photograph the night sky. Using a crop sensor is not only not Ideal but fairly foolish on my part until I can afford to make the switch to full frame. It seems I can never let in enough light to capture all the detail I need without exposing longer than 30 seconds and getting star trails. When Shooting astro use the widest lens possible to let in as much light as you can and avoid long focal lengths that will make trailing more obvious. If possible shoot at High ISO and push to over expose the sky rather than under expose ensuring you have captured all the detail you will need for post.

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