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San Francisco skyline and SCU Lightning Complex | by PeterThoeny
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San Francisco skyline and SCU Lightning Complex

On August 19 we headed to beautiful Mt. Tamalpais near Mill Valley, north of San Francisco, with the goal to shoot the Milky Way. The park was unexpectedly closed due to nearby wildfires. We parked at a camp site, and hiked up the mountain. The sky was clear, but the light pollution from the city was intensified by the smoky air, so the Milky Way was not that clear. We see big wildfires raging in the distance.


The one behind San Francisco is the SCU Lightning Complex around Mt. Hamilton. It started on August 16, burned 391,000 acres (1580 km²) to date, is 80% contained, and destroyed 87 structures.


I processed a balanced and a photographic HDR photo from three RAW exposures, blended them selectively, and carefully adjusted the color balance and curves. I welcome and appreciate constructive comments.


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-- ƒ/6.3, 70 mm, 1.3, 3.2, 10 sec, ISO 1000, Sony A7 II, FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS, 3 RAW exposures, _DSC6955_6_7_hdr3bal1pho1g.jpg

-- CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, © Peter Thoeny, Quality HDR Photography

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Taken on August 19, 2020