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Diablo Lake Starscape

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Nikon D800E + 14-24 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm - 30.0 sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200

Manual mode @ 0 EV E.C - Pattern metering - no flash

Subject Distance: unknown


Two things made this image difficult:


1) 3 quarter moon rose at 11pm making the sky very very bright (in comparison to the stars)


2) I didn't bring a cable release with me because I don't yet have one for my new Nikon kit.


Both of these things meant I was shooting wide open at ISO 3200 for my max non-bulb exposure length of 30 seconds. Fortunately, that was just about the right exposure for the scene. Of course, any longer and the stars would start to trail. You can just make out Milky Way nebulosity in the far left of the image.


One benefit of the moon was the awesome way it lit up the mountain peaks and cast the massive shadow across this entire landscape which I believe makes it pretty dynamic.


48°42'36" N 121°5'48" W, 1687.9 ft

Diablo Lake Overlook, State Route 20, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Northern Cascades National Park

Rockport, Washington, USA


Taken on 07.08.2012, uploaded on 07.09.2012.


©2012 Adam James Steenwyk. Please contact me at ajamess [at] gmail [dot] com if you would like to use this photo. Blog:

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Taken on July 8, 2012