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Loads of em' plus a bonus leftover Persied meteor after peak last fall as seen here.

This is another from the land of very little (but still some as you can see) light pollution at Steens Mountain in SE Oregon. If you like night skies, this is a great area to visit!

Image notes: The keys for this shot were very little light pollution, no moon, high ISO (1600) wide aperture (F/3.2) and a relatively short exposure to prevent obvious star trails (30 seconds). A bit of reverse USM (30%, 60 radius, 0 threshold) and ACR clarity (you can open TIFFs as well as RAW in ACR if they are 16bit) helped to further pop the stars.

The foreground was light painted with an extremely bright LED torch from Lowes (Task Force 2 C cell Cree LED flashlight). It was really too bright at 1600 ISO wide open so I had to basically turn it on and paint what I wanted super fast or it completely burned out. I should have probably taken a second exposure at a much lower ISO and could have taken my time light painting and had a much easier go of it. Then later in post combine the two. I think I was just on a kick to get it all in the original untouched shot for this one, whatever original untouched actually means heh.

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  1. .:CosmicGirl:. 54 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called º::º::º C O S M I C º::º::º, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. Damon | Photography 53 months ago | reply

    beyond amazing
    thanks a lot for the info.

  3. Raquel Cristina (Now, mother of two cute kittens) 53 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called DANCING IS THE UNIVERSE * , and we'd love to have this added to the group!


  4. Pixter007 [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    This is an excellent capture.

    I'm an admin for Wide Field Astrophotography and it would be awesome if you joined us and added this image.

  5. fabbbio986 52 months ago | reply

    wow! so beautiful!

  6. Tom Cadrin 51 months ago | reply

    this is so amazing

  7. Mannan Nabi 51 months ago | reply

    awesome.... the light at the bottoms makes the the pic the meteor

  8. kaytee callahan 48 months ago | reply

    This is the most amazing picture ive ever seen!

  9. Luke Sequeira 48 months ago | reply

    We are so small..


  10. 3104+ 27 months ago | reply

    The wonderful night sky. Is healing.

  11. bittermonkMT 500,000 Views + Computer Died, Away 26 months ago | reply

    Best capture of the luminous cosmos I think I've ever seen...Just brilliant!

  12. wilderness.webmaster 24 months ago | reply

    Hi Michael,
    I'm the webmaster for and owner of the America's Wilderness Areas Flickr group. I'd love to use this image of a Steens nightscape in our home page slideshow sometime in the next few months. I change the slideshow images every month or so to give our 150,000 monthly visitors new visions of wild places. You would be given credit, of course; your name would appear when you mouse over the picture. If you'd be willing to grant permission for this use, please send me an email to that effect to Thanks for considering this request!

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