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Stellar Nights in the Ravens Nest

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Raven's Nest Raven's Nest Adam Woodworth

Astrophotographers live in a world unlike the rest of us. While we snooze the night away, they search for the darkest skies with luminance stars in enchanted landscapes. Their quest is finding otherworldly scenes where the magic of night melts into the ground and creates heaven on Earth. Adam Woodworth has captured some of the most breathtaking images of the night sky. His latest masterpiece, Raven's Nest, captured in Acadia National Park, Maine takes us to a place with soaring cliffs, extraordinary beauty and cosmic charm.

Adam can frequently be found wandering around the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the seacoasts of Maine and New Hampshire, or other beautiful areas of New England. He tells us how he captured this awe-inspiring scene.

"This one was a bit of a challenge, and I'll have to go back and try
again. The night started out with some clouds, then it was pretty
clear, but by the time I was setup and it was dark enough some clouds
were moving through again. I was lucky enough to get about 5 minutes
of no clouds covering the Milky Way, but I didn't get it quite in the
position that I wanted. I also didn't really get the foreground
exposures right, so I had to use some exposures with light painting
that ended up with some harsh shadows. The immediate foreground is
extremely dark since this view is set back into the trees and very
little ambient light hits the immediate foreground.

This is a blend of 8 exposures. Five exposures for the sky stacked
with Starry Landscape Stacker for the Mac (available in the Mac App
Store, more info here for pinpoint stars and less noise in the sky.

The sky exposures were each
f/2.8, 10 seconds, ISO 6400. One foreground exposure was ISO 1600 for
10 minutes, another was ISO 1600 for 10 minutes (different focus
distances) both at f/2.8. And the third foreground exposure was ISO
1600 for 30 seconds @ f/5.6 with light painting on the immediate
foreground. All exposures were taken with my Nikon D800E using the
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens at 14mm.

For more information on my techniques check out my tutorial
Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography"

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Laurel Nendza

Laurel Nendza is the owner and creator of Stellar Eyes.