Abiquiu Lake sits just north of Cerro Pedernal, one of the favorite landscapes of Georgia O'Keefe. This evening the cloud cover and timing for the rise of the Milky Way seemed to be on track to prevent any dazzling images.
Guess I was wrong. See this and other images from the night.
This one is a composite of landscape near dusk and sky after astronomical twilight. This combination is one of the better ways to shoot the landscape with low noise, during or near the new moon. The other contributor there is the cloud cover which reflects terrestrial light sources to effectively produce a hodge podge of light sources. Even with the cloud cover, the sky still delivers some variety and beauty to the image.
The wide angle makes it appear as if the water were farther away than it actually is.
Made from 7 light frames by Starry Landscape Stacker 1.8.0. Algorithm: Mean Min Hor Noise.
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The Very Large Array in New Mexico has several different configurations based on the size of the aperture they need to synthesize by the combination of signals received to all of the 27 telescopes. This configuration happens to be the most compact, which simplifies the job of capturing the technological majesty of the array. Set in the richly clear skies of this part of New Mexico, the array benefits just as much from being in a remote, limited electronic noise location. Better keep my camera from emitting any signals! This image was taken late in the day, in the run up to some night sky shooting as part of the 2018 Festival of the Cranes in nearby Soccorro. Cheers!
Setting up for a night sky shoot, I happened upon this scene. Needless to say I made a mad rush to adjust my camera settings for this scene. Shot from the Gallo Campground in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, this view looks south toward Fajeda Butte. These thin clouds decorated the sunset sky--and were kindly gone by the time darkness really set in. A little bit of neutral density grad on the sky and some vignetting in Lightroom to finish off the presentation. Cheers!
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