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Old Mar 7, 2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default Star Shot, Banff National Park

Coming back from the Lower Falls at Johnson Canyon, I stopped the car on the road and walked off the side about 10 meters into the trees to get this shot. The light on the trees is from the side reaches of the car's headlights as they shawn down the road. It was a hard walk in as the snow was up to my waist! I wanted to get past the first layer of trees as they were too much of a distraction in the photo as the subject were the dead trees beyond/mountain and stars.

The horizon is lit by the town of Banff and the sun had set behind me about 3 to 5 hours prior.

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Old Mar 7, 2010, 1:16 PM   #2
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Man... with pictures like this... I'm a broken man... I have no hope to hold a candle up to this... Seriously, spy, this is an awesome shot... I read what you said about the lighting... but it hard to imagine how you captured this into a photo. Really good work. I am very happy for your success! All the best... keep the pictures coming. You must be one hard-working photographer, who puts a lot of time and effort into your shooting... By the way, what did your family/relatives say about the "cat" picture when they came home? Take care.

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Old Mar 7, 2010, 2:19 PM   #3
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Thanks Eetu. Capturing this photo or any photo for that matter is based on the principle of available light and a balance of ISO's. When I shot this at night I was driving along but then noticed I was driving through an area that has lots of dead trees. The light projected forward from the headlights of the car is also cast somewhat to the sides lighting up these dead trees and that is when I thought I wanted to capture it.

Though the light on the trees is quite dim, higher ISO's will enhance this light on them as well as bring out the horizon and stars to desirable levels.

So, to break it down, if there's light, you can capture it.

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Hi Kevin! Again, thanks for the photo... but thanks for explaining "how" you came about these scenes and all. I for one enjoy seeing a good picture, knowing also how you did it, and the context of how you came about the picture (finding the scene, the location, situation). All the best.

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gorgeous shot spy. love the slightly lit "path" leading in. love the stars, and the trees.

for me the the light on the horizon behind the mountain really makes this shot
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Great shot and thanks for the explanation as to how you got it!
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Very nice.
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High or Low beam Spy?
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Thanks for the added comments. SharpShotGal, I had my low beams on as I didn't want any other coming traffic to have to deal with high beams if they were to drive by.
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AMAZING shot again Kevin - and I have to agree with Dustin.... the light behind the mountains is what makes this shot really stand out!
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