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Fading Luminance

The milky way in transit westbound begins to fade losing the battle to light pollution from the city of San Jose and the south bay area communities. Those ant hill along the horizon are actually Mount Hamilton, Copernicus Peak and the ridge line of the Diablo range. At the Summit of Mount Hamilton is James Lick Observatory, the worlds first permanently occupied mountaintop observatory at the summit of Mount Hamilton at 4209 ft above sea level.

In this scene the milky way is begining to set as it also begins fading into obscurity, you can clearly see the degradation of star light and darkness from 35 miles away. To the natural eye the milky way was clearly visible where I made this image, The mountains of the Diablo range played a beautiful role in shielding a huge amount of light pollution which was visibly dominating the dark sky along the summit of mt hamilton. I was pleased at the way this image showcased the battle of the night sky and industrial waste of unused light. Although i was happy to witness the cosmic light from within the outer rim of the bay area, i couldnt help by dismayed by the natural beauty of the night lost in light.


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Sony Alpha a390DSLR

Rokinon 14mmF2.8 lens















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Taken on September 11, 2013