Redrock by Moonlight

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  1. drdan

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    This is a picture of the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak taken at night during the last full moon. This was about a 2 second exposure. I brightened it slightly but had to reduce color saturation as it was oversaturated as it came from the camera. You can see the movement of a plane or satelite in the sky on the right.

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    cool shot, was that taken in Colorado? early morning? (the stars)
     
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    wow, the colours still look super saturated in that photo. unreal. :thumbsup:
     
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    It was about 8:00pm looking west. Sony 717, no filter, tripod set at an overlook on the mesa east of the park.
     
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    So I assume the sky still had a little blue left? It hadn't already turned pitch-black?

    Wonderful colours, and those peaks really stick out - what makes THEM so red and the rest of the rocks rock-grey?

    Well, isn't it time to either get my tripod repaired or replaced? I think so... But along with that, someone'd have to push some mountains into my area... not ONE to be seen for miles around.;););) This is a very, very, VERY flat part of the country I live in...
     
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    Well, for what it's worth I'm impressed!
    If it wasn't for your explanation I would have thought it was a complete Photoshop fake.
    Very nice!
     
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    Cool shot!

    Was that a 20 second shot, or a 2 second typo? :wink:

    Nicely done in any event. :)
     
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    wow that is spectacular!
     
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    It had been full dark for 2 hours, there was no residual lightness to the sky. During a full moon, especially here, the sky is not pitch black at night but blue.

    No, it was about a 2 second exposure (actually I think it was 1.6 seconds but I can't remember for sure). A 20 second exposure looks like full daylight except for the stars. This picture is brighter than it actually looked out there but it is still extremely bright at this altitude in a full moon. It is plenty bright enough to hike in those hills, which I often do on full moon nights in the summer. The park is actually pretty crowded with people walking around on a nice full moon night. The thin dry air makes it close to twice as bright as a full moon in much of the east. You can read a book in the moonlight with little trouble, at least I can if I have reading glasses. Of course I need them in the daytime too.
     

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