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Starry night at the Jefferson Church 2 | by Dave Arnold Photo
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Starry night at the Jefferson Church 2

The Jefferson Community Church, Jefferson, Colorado.


I set this shot up while traveling through Colorado on a full moon weekend. I chose this small town for its lack of ambient light and life. Knowing the moon would be rising and hoping that it would not terribly affect the photo, I shot this angle.


At the beginning of the shots, I went to the opposite side of the church and shined my light through the windows to illuminate the interior. I also light painted the front of the church. The forward side was illuminated by a nearby street lamp but the front planes were totally shadowed until I painted them with the flashlight. The moon, I knew, would illuminate the remainder of the building side but wouldn't overcome the shadow of the building next door caused by the street light.


After I did the light painting, I promptly went to sleep for two and a half hours while the camera shot away.


I shot 215 total exposures on this scene. However, as you can see, the moon invaded the photo. I also have a sequence of only the first 65 shots and can be seen in the adjoining shot in my set.


The moon invades this photo too much for my liking. And what is up with the apparition off to the right? Shooting star or lens refraction? You decide.


And you can decide which version, short or long, you like, too.


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Taken on June 3, 2010