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Nighttime Rainbow Over The Rockies | by Mike Berenson - Colorado Captures
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Nighttime Rainbow Over The Rockies

The summer Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon over a small alpine pond, the mountains of the Continental Divide, and Denver light pollution. In this scene (I'd planned for months), all the conditions finally came together. This panoramic image was taken from a small pond near Loveland Pass west of Denver, Colorado.

 

No pesky frozen surface or rude winds to ruin the reflection or a lack of just the right moonlight to illuminate the foreground. Oh yea, can't forget about all that smoke from the forest fires. As luck would have it, when I finally got all the conditions to line up, I was able to do it with my (just arrived) new D800. With 16 images stitched together as one big giant behemoth image, this may not have been the best time to test the new beast, but I didn't mind. :-)

 

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Taken on June 25, 2012