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Bump in the Night

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The Milky Way passes over a creepy abandoned house in the mercury mining ghost town of New Idria, CA. For the sky watchers, that brightest object is Mars on the lower left sky and Saturn along the centerline. Just out of frame to the right was Jupiter. All three planets were in a line.


Last night's original plan was to get a reflection shot from San Luis Reservoir in Merced county but I could no longer wait for the heavy wind gusts to die down; instead, I hatched a plan B, driving south another 2 hours on a lonely road, so quiet, I never saw another vehicle nor person anywhere.


Arriving at the New Idria mining town, it was far too dark to do very effective scouting since I couldn't see much beyond the range of my headlamp. I gravitated toward this abandoned residence in a row of houses and got to work. I applied lighting using a small LED panel with a purple gel inside the house and a 1/4 CTO orange gel for the exterior. The "LLLS: low level lighting on a stick" rides again!


Lens is the DFA 25mm f/4 on the 645Z. EXIF is inaccurate here but the long exposure was for my light painting(f/7.1 ISO 1,000) and then I median blended 25 star frames that were 15sec each @f/5 ISO 10,000 to achieve some sky noise reduction.


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Taken on May 19, 2018