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Lunar Alpenglow And Milky Way Skies At West Spanish Peak
On a night where the primary plan (for great night photography) went to pot, I decided to improvise with a plan to head south to the Spanish Peaks with good friend, Jon Blake.
We were hoping for some more cooperative weather (than was predicted up north) and with a big 84% full moon setting at 3:30 am, I figured we had a chance for a good composite image. I was hoping for some good light from the moon just as it set on the horizon followed by some good dark sky shots of the milky way afterward.
In scouting under the bright moonlight, we found a spot that did a good job of showing off the avalanche chutes on the north side of West Spanish Peak which worked well for me. It turned out to be a great place to catch this tight frame of the center of the Milky Way rising up over the peak.
The best part in my eyes though was the pink lunar alpenglow seen on West Spanish Peak from a setting moon on the western horizon. The way the pink colors on the peak worked together with the pink colors of the Milky Way skies above was very cool in my eyes. It didn't last long… in fact, at the same moment, I heard Jon comment on how he was able to see the last bit of the alpenglow moving up the mountain until it hit the peak. And then it was gone.
This composite image was taken with my Nikon D800 and Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens. On one exposure, I used settings: ISO 6400 and f/2.8 for 10 seconds - to get good details of the stars as points of light. Then, I shot a second exposure with settings: ISO 800, f/2.8 for 164 seconds to get good detail of the foreground.
May 24th, 2013
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