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Starry, Starry Night Photo Contest Finalist
Starry, Starry Night
Starry, Starry Night
Redfish Lake, in the Sawtooth Mountains. The lights are from the dock of the Redfish Lodge.

I had to set ISO to 6400 with max aperture, and limit exposure to 20 seconds to prevent star trails. There's some noise in the photo, but it did allow me to capture the brilliant night sky.
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    Oh...I have really been wanting to get out and do this. Wonderful capture of the night sky Ken.

9/29/2011 4:24:16 AM

Tammy M. Anderson
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Beautiful capture, Ken.

9/29/2011 4:25:44 AM

Michelle Alton
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Wow...this is fabulous! I don't know how you figured out the 20-second exposure, but what a brilliant capture!

Now I probably won't sleep well until I figure out a way to get that camera off my wish list and into my camera bag!

9/29/2011 4:26:35 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
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Wow - Very Impressive!!

9/29/2011 4:28:18 AM

Joy Rector
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wow, awesome

9/29/2011 4:39:31 AM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyup! Great one!!

9/29/2011 4:50:23 AM

Agnes Fegan
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Really nice night capture Ken!

9/29/2011 5:10:40 AM

Gina Cormier
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My...My....will you look at all those stars!!!!!!
Gorgeous Ken!!!

9/29/2011 5:53:38 AM

Dayna Cain
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Love this image Ken. Just beautiful!

9/29/2011 5:58:23 AM

Claudia Kuhn
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Wow Ken, gorgeous result! I've got to try night stars some day

9/29/2011 6:28:07 AM

Debra R. Harder
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This is so AWESOME, Ken! I've seen some images using this technique and I love them. This is brilliant. Funny...I had my camera out last night practicing star trails. This is next. Beautiful image, Ken! Deb

9/29/2011 7:38:22 AM

Gail Vitikacs
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Incredible Ken! Way to go!

9/29/2011 6:59:30 PM

Renee Doyle
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B E A U T I F U L Ken!!! Wish I had of seen it :-)

10/2/2011 12:47:51 AM

Linda D. Lester
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Love it!!! Noise who cares!!!!

10/3/2011 6:15:50 AM

Stacey Williams
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Forget about noise. It's absolutely beautiful!

10/4/2011 2:33:20 PM

James E. Coleman
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Well Ken,
Sorry but I listened very closely and heard no noise!..:)
Hey buddy neat capture! Hope you are doing well!

10/8/2011 7:42:30 PM

Lisa J. Boulden
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Very cool capture, Ken!
I've gotta try this one day.

10/13/2011 10:58:07 PM

Mary Timman
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Excellent shot! Congratulations on this beautiful finalist!

10/18/2011 5:08:05 PM

Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your wonderful finalist :)

10/18/2011 5:09:29 PM

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Go Ken Go...I think we will see this again!

Loved it..

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10/18/2011 5:30:16 PM

Boyd L. Alexander
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Congratulations on this awesome and beautiful finalist Ken!!

10/18/2011 5:45:22 PM

Avril Young
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congrats on this stunning finalist Ken..

10/18/2011 6:02:40 PM

Danny B. Head
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Cool! Congrats!

10/18/2011 6:15:05 PM

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Well done!

10/18/2011 6:34:55 PM

Carol Eade
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Awesome shot, congratulations Ken!

10/18/2011 6:47:25 PM

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Great shot, Ken! Congratulations and best at the next level. Lucy

10/18/2011 8:59:51 PM

Graeme Chow
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Beautiful starry night ! Congratulations Ken.

10/18/2011 9:23:35 PM

Stefania Barbier
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it's a beauty Ken, congratulations on your spectacular finalist!!!

10/18/2011 10:52:07 PM

Susan D. Royce
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Wonderful finalist . . . worth all the effort! Congratulations!

10/19/2011 5:17:28 AM

Patrick Rouzes
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Incredible finalist,Ken! Congratulations, my friend!

10/19/2011 8:58:28 AM

Emile Abbott
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Awesome night capture Ken. Congratulations on finalist award.

10/19/2011 9:56:54 AM

Nancy L. Green
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WOW!!! This is AWESOME!!! I will be sure to remember those settings, thank you for including them!!! <><

10/19/2011 11:15:12 AM

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I like the emphasis on the starry sky at night.

10/19/2011 12:44:01 PM

Renee Doyle
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Great shot and wonderful finalist Ken!!! BIG congratulations to you!

10/19/2011 5:29:50 PM

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Congratulations Ken on a wonderful capture - on to gold...this is beautiful and thank you for sharing the details of how you captured this...Cheers =^..^=

10/19/2011 5:30:54 PM

Tamara K. Walker
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Okay Ken I want to learn how to do this. Congratulations!

10/19/2011 9:02:52 PM

Courtenay Vanderbilt
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Ken this is so incredibly beautiful! I hope it goes gold or better yet GP! Congratulations!

10/20/2011 5:41:09 AM

Linda D. Lester
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I'm with Courtenay! Awesome! Congrats!

10/20/2011 6:28:44 AM

Debra R. Harder
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This is an incredible image, Ken...and a GOLD winner in my book! Huge congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL finalist! Deb

10/20/2011 8:16:30 AM

Eivor Kuchta
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Fantastic job with the exposure here, Ken! I bet you had to do some tries before you got it right. Not much noise, being ISO 6400. Congratulations on your finalist and good luck in the next round!

10/20/2011 12:45:49 PM

Stacey Williams
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Congrats Ken on your well deserved finalist! Good luck in the next round.

10/20/2011 1:20:59 PM

Shelly A. Van Camp
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Congrats, Ken...this is beautiful!

10/20/2011 5:08:18 PM

Dayna Cain
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An amazing capture for sure. Excellant!

10/21/2011 6:24:08 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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Wow, Ken! What a capture... What a treat to enjoy dark skies... I remember them from childhood, but alas, haven't seen the Milky Way with the naked eye in a very long time. Thanks for sharing this terrific image!

10/21/2011 3:33:45 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Simply incredible Ken, a wonderful exposure! Thanks for sharing your settings with us.

Congratulations on your finalist and best of luck in the next round!!

10/22/2011 8:34:48 AM

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Killer shot Ken and night time is soooo tricky!
Congratulations and have a blessed day.

10/23/2011 7:16:09 AM

Merna L. Nobile
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May your heart catch the joy of the moment and soar!
I am so happy for you!

10/31/2011 3:13:58 PM

Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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Amazing Ken, really a beautiful capture!!
Congratulations on your finalist!!!

11/20/2011 8:39:53 PM

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Fantastic capture Ken and thanks for your sharing your experience so I can try to capture the Milky Way myself :)
Thank you,

1/30/2012 5:48:47 PM

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