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Mars and The Milky Way Above Whitefish Dunes State Park, WI

Mars, just a couple days after opposition, shines brightly and casts a reflection over Lake Michigan as the Milky Way arches overhead in this panoramic image from Whitefish Dunes State Park in Door County, Wisc.


Taken on a warm summer night, Aug. 6, 2018, this image highlights the relatively low light pollution of this area – even though it is only 15 miles away from Sturgeon Bay (the light dome to the right). When taking this image, I couldn't help but stare at Mars as it was so incredibly bright. Its reflection on Lake Michigan shimmered as the waves broke on the shore. Some who have frequented this area but haven't visited this year may notice the high water level of Lake Michigan. This year, Lake Michigan is about 1.25 feet higher than average, causing the shoreline here to be much more eroded than past years.


Whitefish Dunes State Park:


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Technical Info:


Date: 8/6/2018


~40 frame panorama 13 sec @6400 ISO


Camera: Canon 6D Hutech UV/IR Mod

Lens: Zeiss f1.4 Distagon 35mm at f2.2

Reveal Focus Filter by David Lane

Processing: Photoshop CC, PTGui

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Uploaded on August 9, 2018