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Sunkhaze Meadows Under the Stars; Benton, Maine | by Jody Roberts
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Sunkhaze Meadows Under the Stars; Benton, Maine

I went out hunting Lyrids last night. While I saw a few, none of them showed while I had the camera cranked.

 

I lost my remote so with bulb exposures pretty well out of the question, I ran semi-high ISO 30-second exposures instead. I brought the astrotracker, but with such a crazy-wide focal length it wasn't really needed.

 

Clouds started rolling in on me, and at first I was cranky about it. Then I saw the results of the moonlit clouds against the stars and said "Yes, please..."

 

Shot with the 10-20mm, stopped down slightly to f/4.5 to try to make the stars more pointy and less splotchy (not sure if it really worked though. View at 100% at your own risk...).

 

I absolutely loved the colors off the clouds so I tried working with them for the final image.

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Taken on April 20, 2013