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My What Big Headlights You Have There | by Steven Christenson
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My What Big Headlights You Have There

Why is everything so bright here?


These were 9 exposures of 484 seconds each for the sky. Each at ISO 800, f/4 just as Flickr is telling you over to the right (except it doesn't know there are 10 exposures in total). 4,356 seconds. 72.6 minutes.


The final exposure was nearly ruined. While I was shivering in my car nearby kibitzing with Harvey Abernathey this brilliant light appeared on our formation. It began to feel a little like an alien abduction. But unlike most scenarios, the driver of the car just SAT there with high-beams on flooding our foreground with excessive light. We each ran out to abort our exposures. Despite being nearly blown out, I was able to recover the foreground data from the final image et voila - a well lit - almost daylight looking formation. Did I mention that the exposures began after 10pm and quit just before midnight?


It's not the first time cars or trucks have "helped" me. check out this star trail from Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA for another example.


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Taken on October 21, 2017