Starry, Starry Night

© Ken Smith

Starry, Starry Night

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 9/29/2011 4:24:16 AM

Oh...I have really been wanting to get out and do this. Wonderful capture of the night sky Ken. #1411611

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 9/29/2011 4:25:44 AM

Beautiful capture, Ken. #9704688

Michelle Alton level-classic 9/29/2011 4:26:35 AM

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! #9704691

Jeff W. Robinson level-classic 9/29/2011 4:28:18 AM

Wow - Very Impressive!! #9704695

Joy Rector level-classic 9/29/2011 4:39:31 AM

wow, awesome #9704714

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic 9/29/2011 4:50:23 AM

Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyup! Great one!! #9704767

Agnes Fegan level-classic 9/29/2011 5:10:40 AM

Really nice night capture Ken! #9704827

Gina Cormier level-classic 9/29/2011 5:53:38 AM

My...My....will you look at all those stars!!!!!!
Gorgeous Ken!!! #9704914

Dayna Cain level-classic 9/29/2011 5:58:23 AM

Love this image Ken. Just beautiful! #9704926

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 9/29/2011 6:28:07 AM

Wow Ken, gorgeous result! I've got to try night stars some day #9704990

Debra R. Harder level-classic 9/29/2011 7:38:22 AM

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 #9705104

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 9/29/2011 6:59:30 PM

Incredible Ken! Way to go! #9706187

Renee Doyle level-classic 10/2/2011 12:47:51 AM

B E A U T I F U L Ken!!! Wish I had of seen it :-) #9710331

Linda D. Lester level-classic 10/3/2011 6:15:50 AM

Love it!!! Noise who cares!!!! #9712940

Stacey Williams level-classic 10/4/2011 2:33:20 PM

Forget about noise. It's absolutely beautiful!
#9716341

James E. Coleman level-classic 10/8/2011 7:42:30 PM

Well Ken,
Sorry but I listened very closely and heard no noise!..:)
Hey buddy neat capture! Hope you are doing well! #9724412

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 10/13/2011 10:58:07 PM

Very cool capture, Ken!
I've gotta try this one day.
~♥~Lisa #9733731

Mary Timman level-classic 10/18/2011 5:08:05 PM

Excellent shot! Congratulations on this beautiful finalist! #9743732

Tammy Espino level-classic 10/18/2011 5:09:29 PM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist :) #9743745

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 10/18/2011 5:30:16 PM

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

Loved it..

jo ann c. #9743959

Boyd L. Alexander level-classic 10/18/2011 5:45:22 PM

Congratulations on this awesome and beautiful finalist Ken!! #9744093

Avril Young level-classic 10/18/2011 6:02:40 PM

congrats on this stunning finalist Ken.. #9744248

Danny B. Head level-classic 10/18/2011 6:15:05 PM

Cool! Congrats! #9744345

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com level-classic 10/18/2011 6:34:55 PM

Well done! #9744509

Carol Eade level-classic 10/18/2011 6:47:25 PM

Awesome shot, congratulations Ken! #9744571

Lucille "Lucy" Abrao level-classic 10/18/2011 8:59:51 PM

Great shot, Ken! Congratulations and best at the next level. Lucy #9745220

Graeme Chow level-classic 10/18/2011 9:23:35 PM

Beautiful starry night ! Congratulations Ken. #9745297

Stefania Barbier level-classic 10/18/2011 10:52:07 PM

it's a beauty Ken, congratulations on your spectacular finalist!!! #9745508

Susan D. Royce level-classic 10/19/2011 5:17:28 AM

Wonderful finalist . . . worth all the effort! Congratulations! #9746301

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 10/19/2011 8:58:28 AM

Incredible finalist,Ken! Congratulations, my friend! #9747207

Emile Abbott level-classic 10/19/2011 9:56:54 AM

Awesome night capture Ken. Congratulations on finalist award. #9747451

Nancy L. Green level-classic 10/19/2011 11:15:12 AM

WOW!!! This is AWESOME!!! I will be sure to remember those settings, thank you for including them!!! <>< #9747759

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com level-classic 10/19/2011 12:44:01 PM

I like the emphasis on the starry sky at night. #9748214

Renee Doyle level-classic 10/19/2011 5:29:50 PM

Great shot and wonderful finalist Ken!!! BIG congratulations to you! #9748964

PATRICIA A. CASEY level-classic 10/19/2011 5:30:54 PM

Congratulations Ken on a wonderful capture - Finalist....now on to gold...this is beautiful and thank you for sharing the details of how you captured this...Cheers =^..^= #9748967

Tamara K. Walker level-classic 10/19/2011 9:02:52 PM

Okay Ken I want to learn how to do this. Congratulations! #9749376

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 10/20/2011 5:41:09 AM

Ken this is so incredibly beautiful! I hope it goes gold or better yet GP! Congratulations! #9750012

Linda D. Lester level-classic 10/20/2011 6:28:44 AM

I'm with Courtenay! Awesome! Congrats! #9750108

Debra R. Harder level-classic 10/20/2011 8:16:30 AM

This is an incredible image, Ken...and a GOLD winner in my book! Huge congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL finalist! Deb #9750250

Eivor Kuchta level-classic 10/20/2011 12:45:49 PM

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! #9750764

Stacey Williams level-classic 10/20/2011 1:20:59 PM

Congrats Ken on your well deserved finalist! Good luck in the next round. #9750822

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 10/20/2011 5:08:18 PM

Congrats, Ken...this is beautiful! #9751196

Dayna Cain level-classic 10/21/2011 6:24:08 AM

An amazing capture for sure. Excellant! #9752186

Christopher J. Budny level-classic 10/21/2011 3:33:45 PM

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! #9753022

Donna LaMattino Pagakis level-classic 10/22/2011 8:34:48 AM

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!! #9754337

Kathy Cline level-classic 10/23/2011 7:16:09 AM

Killer shot Ken and night time is soooo tricky!
Congratulations and have a blessed day.
#9756401

Merna L. Nobile level-classic 10/31/2011 3:13:58 PM

May your heart catch the joy of the moment and soar!
I am so happy for you!
CONGRATULATIONS, Merna
#9774908

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 11/20/2011 8:39:53 PM

Amazing Ken, really a beautiful capture!!
Congratulations on your finalist!!! #9821976

Carlton Ward level-classic 1/30/2012 5:48:47 PM

Fantastic capture Ken and thanks for your sharing your experience so I can try to capture the Milky Way myself :)
Thank you,
Carlton #9956459

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Description

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.

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 15/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 6400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 24.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Uploaded on 9/29/2011 4:05:08 AM

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