ross schram von haupt
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from ross about this image:
i recently went on a short overnight solo backpacking trip and got some decent shooting conditions. i hiked up a grueling 5 miles in a cloud and after setting up camp continued to wait patiently to see if the clouds would clear. sunset came and went without the slightest hint of color and i tucked myself in with hopes that sunrise would fare better. i also knew that the milky way would align pretty nicely with this peak so i decided to set an alarm for midnight to see if the clouds had cleared. as my alarm buzzed i reluctantly pulled myself out into the cold night to see a sky full of twinkling stars. i bundled up and headed down to this spot noticing that the actual peak i had intended to shoot was still covered in a cloud.
i decided to set up my gear anyways and enjoy watching the stars for a while. i set my shutter release timer to continuously take shots so i could find a comfortable rock away from my tripod. as i sat there, the fog surrounding the mountain gradually started to thin and eventually completely cleared. it was a pretty fun experience to watch under a hint of moonlight as a slight waxing crescent moon set off to the right of this scene. after the moon had fully set i pulled out the star tracker and went to work collecting some yummy star data. all in all it was a pretty nice night!
nikon d610 w nikon 16-35 f/4
feisol tournament ct-3442 rapid tripod
land: iso2000, 18mm, f/4, 185s (stacked to reduce noise)
stars: iso1000, 18mm, f/4, 182s (tracked)