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North of Flagstaff, Arizona
I was driving home late one night and noticed there was no moon, which meant there’d be a good amount of stars in the sky. When attemptin astrophotography, it’s important to have a lens with an aperture of at least f2.8 to f4. That way you can soak up enough light to expose the image but avoid an overly long shutter speed.
When photographing stars, long shutter speeds can distort the stars into oval shapes rather than pinpoint dots. That is because a long shutter speed will began to photograph the orbit of the earth and, thus, the movement of the stars.
In this photo, my shutter speed was long enough to streak out the clouds across the night sky but not long enough to affect the stars too much. The result is an elegant and simple photo… and I just love the purple hue in those clouds!
Image Code: A045