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Over Trail Ridge Road



June 5th Rocky Mountain National Park and still snow up there. Lots of light pollution from Demver too.

June 5th Rocky Mountain National Park and still snow up there. Lots of light pollution from Demver too.
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Blair76
 
Blair76 November 03, 2016
Love this Shot! So Beautiful!
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rickgleason November 18, 2016
Thanks for the comment! I still consider myself a beginner at astrophotography. Every shot is a learning experience and I learned a lot with this one.
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ziggyzoo52 March 27, 2017
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo is from the top of trail ridge road in Rocky Mountain national park.
Time
June 6, I think, getting towards midnight. I know it was after one in the morning when I made it back to my car.
Lighting
The Milky Way and light pollution from Denver was all the lighting there was.
Equipment
Used my canon 6d, 35mm sigma lens, and my tripod. This took 36 exposures altogether.
Inspiration
I haven't seen many shots or panoramas of the night sky from Rocky Mountain National Park. It's kind of an under photographed park in that respect. The light pollution makes it more challenging but not impossible. I actually had my wedding at Rocky Mountain Natonal Park. I always go back looking for new ways to see it.
Editing
Stitching all the shots of this panorama took a bit of work. Then noise reduction and some histogram stretching to get the colors to pop a bit. I used one luminosity layer to soften the stars, so the Milky Way would stand out more.
In my camera bag
My 6d my 35mm lens, my 14mm lens, and the standard 24-105mm lens. I'm a fan of prime lenses. Quality over quantity I say.
Feedback
For night photography be patient. The weather, the moon, other weirdos wandering around the park at night are all conspiring against you. So patience coupled with planning with produce the best results. Also, go to your local bookstore and see if they have a star chart. Learning where things are in the night sky really helps.

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