All The Stars in the Sky.... by RodS ()
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This is a view of Mena, Arkansas from atop Rich Mountain. We stayed at the Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge. It was a beautiful location, and the restaurant had some wonderful food. The downside was the WiFi was abysmal - it may as well have been nonexistent. Aside from that, it was a wonderful little trip.
This was a 20-second exposure at about 20,000 ISO - so it's pretty noisy. But I like the way it came out, anyway. You'd never see all those stars in the city. You could actually look up and see the Milky way. It was just breathtaking to look up and see all those stars. We miss so much with all the light pollution.
I'm pretty much done with the renovation - just a few little details and touch-ups to do. I'll have a grand tour to post soon - both here and on YouTube. Stay tuned. I'm now in the process of trying to get caught up with comments and viewing everyone's wonderful art! I've only got about 1180 to go! LOL
And yes.... The Girls will be back with Page 9 very soon! It feels good to be back working on the story!
Thanks sooooo much for all the wonderful dedications, emails, and sitemails for my birthday! You folks make me feel so good - you 100000% ROCK!!
Thanks for stopping by, and for all your great comments and support!
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Beautiful photo. 20 second exposure is too fast to get star trails (due to earth's rotation). So, it's light pollution. I thought it was another fire below the horizon - there's been too many in both the Americas and in Europe. Glad it was only light pollution! Night photography can be a real challenge and give some unusual effects! Keep up the good work! :-)
Kitty's sleeping by the key board - man, was she happy to see the computer back in its place! Now she stands by the computer chair starring at me until I sit down and start the computer. Then she's up in my lap, looking at the monitor. When tired, she's onto the table and lie down by the key board. Zzzzz.....
A fabulous night capture with amazing light. I'm sorry I missed your birthday but I'm sure you had a great day with your family. We are lucky here with seeing the stars on clear nights they are so magical. I would miss not being able to see them from my bed when I wake through the night. Looking forward to seeing what the girls are up to too. :)
With everyone else, wonderful shot of deep, dark and the intense night light (human/artificial light, contrasting with the natural dark). Love that tree on the right. And the bright distant lights. And those stars---yes, when one gets out of a huge urban sprawl, one realizes there was a huge cosmos doing its thing all these months, and no one never saw it. A real true-to-life night shot, with a great lit tree and lots and lots of space given to the sky. Very, very inviting.
(You mentioned a 20,000 ISO: I've had a scene in my head of the creation of the universe, and someone saying, "God? Too much grain!" And God scrounges around, figuring out a fix, when someone suggests ISO. It's not very funny, and it needs a lotta work, but there's a story in there somewhere...) (a plaque could be placed under Creation: Day 3, with Exif data...I'm working on it...)
Somewhere amongst all those stars, intelligent life must exist...
(... because Earth may or may not qualify? Avoiding flying bricks)
In seriousness, awesome night display, Rod. I've always wanted to get a telescope and head out to the lakefront one clear night (hopefully avoiding light pollution) to get a better look at out stellar neighbors.
Given the fact that there are "billions and billions" (channeling Carl Sagan, here...) of stars in our galaxy - and billions and billions of galaxies out there... AND the rate at which we're finding exoplanets - many in the habitable zone - I find the concept that this insignificant speck of dust we live on to be the only place with "intelligent" life utterly inconceivable. "They" are just keeping a safe distance to observe - because this planet is filled with NUTS..... Most of them are running countries...