Let There Be (No) Light

July 02, 2014  •  1 Comment

E. Wallingford Milky Way 0028_DxO-1E. Wallingford Milky Way 0028_DxO-1June Milky Way on Dawson Hill, East Wallingford, VT

I had a blind date when I was a sophomore in college in Syracuse, NY. I was from a small town in Mississippi, she was from Long Island. We were definitely a mismatched pair. When she learned I was from Mississippi, she inquired just what in the world did one do of interest in Mississippi. My response was how can I explain to someone whom has never seen the Milky Way what the experience is like. Almost 50 years later even more individuals would fail to understand the explanation. Back then I would return home to Mississippi by plane on the cheap fares at night. And in the 1960's flying at night across the Eastern US one would see vast areas of darkness punctuated by the lights of cities. Today few areas of darkness can be found east of the Mississippi River. In fact websites are now dedicated to finding areas of low light pollution. Recently I came across an ebook by David Kingham whom specializes in night scape photography. David's book is an excellent primer and he inspired me to do some night photographs. Even in Vermont the number of locations of truly low light pollution are limited but I recently made the acquaintance of some East Wallingford property owners with a southern view of the Green Mountain Forest. In the summer the Milky Way requires a southern view and they happily gave me permission to do some photographs. Last week I captured this image. Nikon D300, Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm, f2.8, 20 s, ISO 3200, processed in DxO Optics Pro 9 for maximum noise reduction and finished in Lightroom 5.


You would love the Australian Outback :) Perhaps one of the reasons modern man's sense of celestial wonder is muted is because we have lost our night sky.
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