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2013-05-07 07:52:52 PM  
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2013-05-07 08:17:28 PM  
If you can talk your way onto the rancher's land, there's a place in North Central Montana, near the Sunburst border crossing into Canada, called Jerusalem Rocks. It's not on most maps. There, you'll find some of the most unbelievably cool rock formations up on a bluff overlooking a prairie valley. Go there at dusk on a cloudless summer night and build a fire under the hoodoos and bring some beer. Sing songs like "Wildfire" and wait til dark. In the complete absence of light pollution and with miles of visibility in three directions, you will be treated to your own private planetarium with each star seemingly so close you could touch them. Soak up the cosmos, ponder your insignificance, and then start howling. Really, howl. As loud as you can. The coyotes in the valley below will often answer. The primitive parts of your brain will come alive. What are the coyotes telling you?

Go home and watch "The Housewives of Atlanta."
 
2013-05-07 08:32:22 PM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: If you can talk your way onto the rancher's land, there's a place in North Central Montana, near the Sunburst border crossing into Canada, called Jerusalem Rocks. It's not on most maps. There, you'll find some of the most unbelievably cool rock formations up on a bluff overlooking a prairie valley. Go there at dusk on a cloudless summer night and build a fire under the hoodoos and bring some beer. Sing songs like "Wildfire" and wait til dark. In the complete absence of light pollution and with miles of visibility in three directions, you will be treated to your own private planetarium with each star seemingly so close you could touch them. Soak up the cosmos, ponder your insignificance, and then start howling. Really, howl. As loud as you can. The coyotes in the valley below will often answer. The primitive parts of your brain will come alive. What are the coyotes telling you?

Go home and watch "The Housewives of Atlanta."


There is something about those places in the desert. Something very supernatural.


Then I remind myself that kind of stuff doesnt exist...
 
2013-05-07 08:48:49 PM  
That's really cool and all... But why's it on the Entertainment tab?
 
zez
2013-05-07 09:06:18 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: That's really cool and all... But why's it on the Entertainment tab?


I was entertained
 
2013-05-07 09:17:33 PM  
I am constantly amazed at people that have never seen an unpolluted night sky.   I take great pleasure in showing it to them when the opportunity avails itself.

/ Light pollution:  It's a thing!
 
2013-05-07 09:29:34 PM  

Rent Party: I am constantly amazed at people that have never seen an unpolluted night sky.   I take great pleasure in showing it to them when the opportunity avails itself.

/ Light pollution:  It's a thing!


It likely won't be in a generation, as new LED street lights are phased in across the globe.  I just read an article recently which said they'll cut out 90% of the light pollution.
 
2013-05-07 09:47:46 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Rent Party: I am constantly amazed at people that have never seen an unpolluted night sky.   I take great pleasure in showing it to them when the opportunity avails itself.

/ Light pollution:  It's a thing!

It likely won't be in a generation, as new LED street lights are phased in across the globe.  I just read an article recently which said they'll cut out 90% of the light pollution.


That will be a great thing, but people in big cities are still going to miss out on a lot of natural wonders.
 
2013-05-07 09:48:43 PM  
So click on the link..  google search six flags new orleans -> Disney River Country -> Downtown Disney -> Disney Springs

Disney Springs is a re-imaging of Downtown Disney in Orlando   WHAT??  suppose to be completed by 2016

ahhh the internet..
 
2013-05-07 09:51:03 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: That's really cool and all... But why's it on the Entertainment tab?


As the guy in the Boobies was saying, it's full of stars.  Hello... STARS... get it? Stars...

/damn, you people are slow.
 
2013-05-07 10:02:05 PM  
A little something I did a few weeks ago. Took a quick trip to the Virginia eastern shore and got some night shots. It's not clear of light pollution where I was but the Milky Way was readily visible.

Here is a spherical 360 panorama I took while I was there. Glad I got that fisheye lens! Remote shutter release didn't want to work after the first shot so I had to hold the shutter release open during the two minute exposure, trying not to shake the camera.

http://www.360cities.net/image/night-sky-over-mockhorn-bay-oyster-va

/shameless self promotion
 
2013-05-07 10:06:26 PM  
Apparently I fail at Photobucket. Let's try that again...

i15.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-07 11:06:41 PM  
The night skies out west are certainly cool.  Since I've been in Florida I've come to love the night skies camping out in the glades back country or better yet out in the florida bay.

The skeeters suck though...
 
2013-05-08 12:48:22 AM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: If you can talk your way onto the rancher's land, there's a place in North Central Montana, near the Sunburst border crossing into Canada, called Jerusalem Rocks.


Holy cow...I haven't heard (or thought of) "Sunburst" for 20 years.  Used to play Class C basketball against them WAY back in the day....LONG bus ride from Turner to Sunburst!
 
2013-05-08 12:59:21 AM  
Those images look like they are screenshots from some video game or other. Too much photo manipulation makes real things look fake.

/photography lacks subtlety anymore
//my lawn, leave the saturation alone. It's only so green...
 
2013-05-08 09:41:35 AM  

Sasquach: Too much photo manipulation makes real things look fake.


Correct.

I've seen cloudless night skies in places without the light pollution of cities, and they didn't look like these.

This is art, not science.
 
2013-05-08 12:53:59 PM  

poot_rootbeer: Sasquach: Too much photo manipulation makes real things look fake.

Correct.

I've seen cloudless night skies in places without the light pollution of cities, and they didn't look like these.

This is art, not science.


I was camping on a motorbike trip at Meat Cove in far northern Nova Scotia on a cloudless moonless night, and that was the most spectacular night sky I have ever seen. No stitching, HDR,  or PS required...
 
2013-05-08 02:10:08 PM  

poot_rootbeer: Sasquach: Too much photo manipulation makes real things look fake.

Correct.

I've seen cloudless night skies in places without the light pollution of cities, and they didn't look like these.

This is art, not science.


I'm the photographer of this set of photos.  Every photo was processed with noise reduction and a bit of additional contrast to enhance the darkness of the sky.  The 15th photo was heavily enhanced with film filters.

Keep in mind that these are long exposures.  Naturally, your eye cannot see the same sight (or the same amount of light) as what a camera can capture in 30 seconds or (much) longer.

Yes, this is most certainly art.  That's the nature of star trails photography.  If you want science, NASA is your source, not some dude from Canada, eh.  ;)
 
2013-05-08 02:13:25 PM  

zez: AverageAmericanGuy: That's really cool and all... But why's it on the Entertainment tab?

I was entertained


Mission accomplished.
 
2013-05-08 11:11:46 PM  

chrisluckhardt: I'm the photographer of this set of photos.  Every photo was processed with noise reduction and a bit of additional contrast to enhance the darkness of the sky.  The 15th photo was heavily enhanced with film filters.


They are beautiful pictures.
 
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