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Serpents Breath | by jondblake
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Serpents Breath

Brad McGinley and I ventured up to Rocky Mountain National Park Friday night to try our luck at shooting the Milky Way over Longs Peak from the Dream Lake Overlook. Our plans for the evening included shooting the sunset over Dream Lake, the Milky Way from the overlook as seen here, the Milky Way from atop Trail Ridge Road, and sunrise from Moraine Park. While we made it to each of these destinations, our plans didn’t quite work out in all cases. This shot is a good example as there is no sign of the Milky Way behind the clouds, but rest assured it is rising up behind them. Still, as a photographer with a day job it’s our charge to make the best of the environmental curve balls so shoot we did. This shot is a 6 shot panorama taken at 10:00 PM. The moonless sky provided enough light to pull ample detail out of the foreground while the sky began to shine.


The clouds in the sky are being lit up by metro Denver light pollution. I believe the pinkish hue is from nearby fires in New Mexico which have been putting a bit of haze over this region. During this entire time we watched a light show over the eastern plains as a thunder storm lit up the sky, but the storm was below the horizon so we couldn’t see any direct shots. Towards the left of the photo you can see the top of that storm creeping above the lower mountains. We remained shooting from this location until 11:30 PM when the continually growing cloud cover grew to be much and we moved on. More shots and story to come……


6 shot panorama, each: 44mm, 10 seconds, f/1.4, ISO 2000


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Taken on June 20, 2014