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Photo of the Week #218

September 3, 2014

I think you’ll agree this image from California ranks right up there with #206 as one of my least “New York” Photos of the Week ever. We don’t see many stars in the bright lights of New York City, so I couldn’t help but get a warm tingly feeling as I stood in the crisp night air, transfixed on this spectacular scene at Lassen Volcanic National Park. I would have stared all night at the Milky Way and starry night sky reflecting off glassy Manzanita Lake were it not for the prospect of becoming bear food. I was prepared to use my tripod as a weapon as I walked back to my cabin through the woods under the dark, moonless sky, but luckily the only furry creature I encountered was a bunny.

Photo tech specs: Canon 5D Mark III camera, Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens @ f2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 12800.

Starry night sky over Manzanita Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

August 30, 2014: Starry night sky over Manzanita Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2014 1:54 pm

    Definitely not what I’d expect from NY but stunning photograph :) Always great to see stars in a large city!

    • September 3, 2014 2:07 pm

      Thanks Manal! I guess I should have clarified for people outside the U.S., California (where this photo was taken) is thousands of kilometers away from New York City. Although I’m sure I wouldn’t have to travel that far to see dark skies :)

      • September 3, 2014 2:33 pm

        Ah thanks for the clarification. Thought it was taken in NYC. I find it difficult to get any decent star shots in London, assuming NYC is the same.

        • September 3, 2014 5:47 pm

          Yeah, I don’t even bother unless I’m 100+ km outside the city.

  2. September 9, 2014 8:40 am

    This is so lovely! Makes me want to venture out of the city and study the sky all night!

  3. September 11, 2014 11:44 am

    the photo is hypnotized me, so wonderfull!
    Cheers from Indonesia

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