Oct 13, 2012

Baby's first astrophotography – on assignment in Jasper National Park, Alberta

Jasper's Dark Sky Festival introduced me to nighttime photography – and I lucked into a satellite that resembles a shooting star right after my workshop with NASA and National Geographic contributor Yuichi Takasaka.

I took this on an island near Pyramid Lake Resort with a Canon 5D, ISO 1600, F2.5, on a 50mm lens generously handed down to me by ace New Jersey photographer Ed Pagliarini. Jupiter shines almost like the moon and the violet-colored Pleiades spangle the top right. While the pros could pull a ton more color from the night sky, these muted colors reflected the quiet beauty of the moment.

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