Mann Lake Milky Way (Loxia 21mm f/2.8)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by WoodWorks, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I rode out to eastern Oregon during the new moon and camped out by Mann Lake, east of Steens Mountain, one of the least light-polluted places in the U.S.

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    Mann Lake Pano.jpg
    by David Wood, on Flickr

    I had the whole place to myself. Well, just me and about a billion mosquitoes. But at 1 in the morning I slathered on the bug juice and crawled out of the tent to shoot these.

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    Mann Lake Milky Way I.jpg
    by David Wood, on Flickr

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    Mann Lake Milky Way II.jpg
    by David Wood, on Flickr

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    Mann Lake Camp.jpg
    by David Wood, on Flickr

    The lens worked brilliantly, and was easy to focus in the dark. But I was a little disappointed to find that even with shooting using the 500 rule (500 ÷ 21mm = ~25 secs.), I still got some star trails.
     
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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Good looking shots !
    Are those all individual images, or images resulting from merging together multiple exposures ?
     
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Thanks roundball. All except the pano are individual shots.
     
  4. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Paul
    Great shots David, must have been a real experience just being there too.
     
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  5. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Thanks Paul. It was. I loved being all alone out there, lying back in my tent, listening to the coyotes serenading me all night long. :D
     
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  6. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Very cool!
     
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  7. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Fantastic shots, and beautiful spot! Too bad about the mosquitoes. Like the setting of the bike/tent in the last one.
    The pano makes one feel the expanse and solitude of being there.
     
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  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Amazing :)

    Everyone needs to get out every once in a while and see a light pollution free sky.
     
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  9. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yeah, they should. But so many live too far from that. I'm lucky to have the chance.

    Light Pollution.
     
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  10. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    In contrast to Mann Lake area...check out North Carolina
     
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  11. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    That's great, nice job !
     
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  12. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Bob
    I've been amazed at how little of the night sky is visible when in larger cities. While the darker the better, just getting a ways out of the city will net you a *lot* more stars even to the naked eye. It is worth the effort.
     
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  13. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2015
    Mus
    Lovely photos David. :2thumbs: and :bravo-009: for braving the mossies.
     
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  14. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Thanks Mus. You should head out there some day. I hear the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the lake are an angler's delight.
     
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  15. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    According to the map, I have two potential locations...around the Glenn Canyon area in southern Utah, and a spot southwest of Albuquerque, NM. IIRC, the VLA is in that region. Maybe it's time for a photo road trip! (I have no tent though. :-\)
     
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  16. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Awesome!
     
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  17. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    You are lucky to have two such great options, Will. And having just "slept" in a tent, I think most reclining car seats would provide a more comfortable overnight accommodation. :rolleyes:
     
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  18. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2015
    Mus
    Would love to be there one day...but all I'll do will be fishing. Photography will take a back seat to fishing. Lol....

    And I love camping in the wilderness :)
     
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  19. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Great shots David and looks like you had a great time!
    I wonder if #2 and #3 would look a little better without the (stars ?) reflections on the water?
     
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  20. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Thanks Nick. As for the reflections, I suppose it's a matter of taste. But I specifically framed the shots to include those reflections in the composition, so I guess you know where my taste led me. :D
     
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