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The lights of night. by Iamidaho The lights of night. by Iamidaho
The stars of night twist around the immovable Tetons mountains as the last remnants of light on the horizon fade into darkness.

Its amazing how many diffrent colors and lights show up when you do a long exposure, hints of subtle colors invisible to our eyes suddenly become visible.

2005 second exposure (33 minutes) ISO 200 at F4 on a 16-35 2.8 L lens. The freezing temperature help the sensor capture the scene with much less image noise than normally expected. none the less this is still a concept in progress and im excited for future generations of cameras that will capture this scene with less and less image noise.

The hardest part about photographing a scene like this on a moonless night is your blind, you have to level the camera by your bubble level and make a guess as to the field of view the lens is bringing in and your composition. Infinite focus is determined hours earlier while there is still enough light to use live view. Zooming the lens runs the risk of out of focus shots because zoom lens are not parfocal and change there infinite focus point throughout there zoom range.
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ShinigamiBlackRose Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool
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CorpseBoy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
I think you deserve all of these 'favorites,' this is a beautiful image. I'm trying to do exactly the same...i'm just learning at the moment, nowhere near as good as this. I can never get the focus right...'auto focus' endlessly tries to focus on something but I can never find anything to focus on. Your description is enlightening...you learn something everyday Hehe. Thankyou.
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bluedrgnMethy Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That Paralax looks cool!
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falberwil Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
an amazing picture !!!
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Iamidaho Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Thank you, Id like to give it another go this summer.
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4seasons223 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Wow, that really shows how far the stars move in 33 minutes!
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penguin91 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
wow, I'm impressed :wow: lovely view :heart:
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4seasons223 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
I know, isnt it lovely?

i keep running into the same ppl on DA... its cool!!
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penguin91 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
yeah.. I know :nod: :heart: Nature is simply beautiful :love:
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feudal89 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Photographer
Fantastic almost unreal!!!
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To-Dream-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Beautiful. :rose:
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GuardianKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
:wow: omg that is so awesome! :noes: Just another of Nature's wonders. :)
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DGAnder Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Pretty cool shot of the tetons.. I don't think I've seen a shot like
that of the teton mts. Nice .. can't wait to see where you take this.
Have you tried shooting during a full moon. I think you'll like that
effect also. :D
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DigiPainteR Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
:thumbsup: cool dude
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CriticalPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
I've always wondered about these. Do you move the camera, or do the lights move as we rotate?
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YugenM Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
The earth rotates.
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Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooo *o* it's pretty! 8D very nice!
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kululu-xiao Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Wow, that's so gorgeous!! I've only seen a few other pictures like this (with stars "zooming" around), and I'd have to say that this one is my favorite. Awesome shot, but how did you get it? I read your description, but that's not what I mean... What is it that makes this shot possible? As in, the stars - how do they twist, as you put it? Sorry if I sound silly, but I honestly have no idea and I'd like to find out. =)
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Iamidaho Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Its the rotation of the earth, The stars are in a fixed position in space ever unchanging but the earth (and subsequently your camera and tripod) are spinning. This moves relative position of the stars in the night sky and your camera picks up the trail of movement.
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kululu-xiao Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008   Digital Artist
I kind of thought it was something like that, but I wasn't certain. Wow... Once again, amazing shot! =D
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fubecando Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
what's the cause for the blazing light behind the Tetons?
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Iamidaho Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
I am not a 100 percent sure.
When i shoot long exposures at night I usually always run into some light on the horizons, and im shooting towards the west where the sun set.

Ive never seen it this vivid this late though, it could be the town of driggs behind the mountains. Either way looking towards the mountains at night the entire sky looks the same, the light is only visible to the camera!
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fubecando Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
ya that's crazy. I was thinking it could be a mixture of Driggs and the sunset from a thousand miles away by then....very very odd
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Iamidaho Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Ya, kinda disappointed about it, Ill have to try the shot I have in mind from the other side of the mountain range. I want the star trails stopping at the edge of the mountain against a dark sky. I still like this shot though :-p
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fubecando Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
dude this shot is great as is man. from the other side would be interesting too.
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fubecando Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
dude this one is a winner! looks like you had fun up there! I'm wicked jealous!
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Hippiedeb Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008   Photographer
Fantastic! The clarity in the background is superb! I really like this one. :)
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Canon EOS-1D Mark III
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200
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Sep 25, 2008, 11:02:10 PM
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