This photograph was taken around midnight in Brevard, North Carolina. I hiked about a mile up to a remote field on the property of a family friend, where there was little to no light pollution. It was my first attempt at astral photography, and aside from the stars being a tad out of focus, I was thrilled at how the photograph turned out. The moon had not risen, and the field was pitch black. I used a 30 second exposure, and I was pleasantly surprised at how the sky was illuminated. The wisps of clouds immediately made me think of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” After I uploaded the photograph and did some very minor post-processing, I trekked back up to the field. Unfortunately, the wisps of clouds had turned into a think blanket, and all of the stars were obscured. When we return at the new year, I hope for clear skies and good weather so that I can capture more of these scenes.
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