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Paje Beach Nights | by kenny mccartney
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Paje Beach Nights

Walking home from a restaurant only a few hundred meters down the beach on our first night in Zanzibar, we were in awe of the clear view of heavens above. The relatively little light pollution in this part of the world means that every clear night the sky puts on a display of magnificence. So even though there were no power cuts on this night I took the opportunity to grab a beer from the fridge and stare in wonder at the Milky Way, hoping the frames I captured wouldn't disappoint upon the return home. The extra special part of this view is the Southern Hemisphere, containing stars I had never before seen.


This photo was taken from the beach of Domokuchu Beach Bungalows, a wonderful place to consider staying on your trip to Zanzibar.


Three vertically-oriented frames stitched together to make a large resolution image. Each frame is shot wide open at f/3.5 and ISO 6400 (Exif reports 12800, dunno why) for no more than 30 seconds in order to keep the stars from showing their natural arc in the sky. This technique produces sensor noise, and results in a typically less-sharp image than normal. Minor drawbacks, in my opinion, to have an image like this.



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Taken on June 24, 2012