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Path To The Heavens

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In the Big Horns Mountains of Wyoming, limestone pillars over one hundred feet high lead to the core of our galaxy, the late-summer Milky Way. This photograph is the combination of four separate photos, all taken from the same place over the course of a full night. I used a motorized equatorial mount to take a pair of 4-minute exposures of the scene as soon as it was dark enough, then had to wait for the moon to rise enough to better light my foreground before taking two much shorter exposures without "tracking."

The equatorial mount, when properly aligned, moves my camera at the same rate our earth spins in relation to the stars, allowing long exposures which pull out great detail in the night sky. However, since the camera is moving ever so slightly, any terrestrial object gets a small blur. By taking a set of "untracked" exposures from the exact same location later in the night, it's easy to blend all four photos together into a seamless composition like the one seen here in which everything is in focus.

This is offered at 16x24 (with more sizes available upon request) on aluminum, the ink infused directly into the metal for show-stopping appearance and wonderful durability.