Bosque by Twilight Star Trails by FortPhoto

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This is a 15 minute exposure of star trails above one of the main pools at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. I took this when it first looked fully dark outside and I was still able to catch color from the remains of the earlier sunset. The color is as it came out of the camera with noise reduction applied. I was amazed at my luck in catching an Iridium flare! “Iridium flares”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_flare are brilliant glints or flares created on predictable intervals by the constellation Iridium communication satellites interacting with the sun. You can tell the hotter stars by their streak’s blue color, with cooler ones coming in more red. What amazed me is that star trails would come in this good so soon after sunset. I attribute the nearly new moon and the low light pollution of this area in New Mexico.

This was taken at ISO 400 at 28mm f/2.8 utilizing long-time exposure noise reduction in camera and further selective noise reduction via Neat Image in post.

Comments

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 7 years ago

    amazing capture, wonderful informative description

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62about 7 years ago

    Lovely capture… a great narrative also : ) Wendy

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 7 years ago

    Awesome shot!

  • Charles Adams
    Charles Adamsabout 7 years ago

    great shot……….

  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...about 7 years ago

    Man I love this shot – that flare just completes a really magical image. Great to see you here my friend. This place is great – met some excellent people and got invited to participate in my first exhibition – whoopee!! Look forward to seeing more of your works of art here.

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolabout 7 years ago

    Amazing capture!!

  • Mardynn
    Mardynnalmost 7 years ago

    Very good capture keep up the good work.

  • Kahlia Huddleston
    Kahlia Huddlestonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful!

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