Night

Novato, California

After a good Easter dinner with the family, I went out in the yard for some more night sky images. This time using my 50mm prime lens for the wider aperture and putting my plum tree at the bottom of the frame to have a grounding element.

The tree seems to be reaching for the stars as it stretches up past the light pollution lower in the sky and the longer shutter speed managed to capture a few shooting stars passing through the atmosphere.

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Novato, California

Took this a while back when I was testing my manual lens and have been playing with the image for a while. I like the movement in the clouds that resulted from the longer exposure time. My first thought when starting the edit process of this was that it looked like passing spirits in the sky, and I continued that thought and theme when doing the various edits required to get this end result.

No pre-set filters, just some manual adjustments to exposure and hue in select areas. The cloud/tree was lit by street lights and I quite like the erie color.

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Berowra Heights, New South Wales

Hiking back down the hill after watching the sun set on my first night in the Sydney area, Tash mentioned that there had been a fairly big fire some years ago in the area. Scary to think about all the dry brush land being ignited so close to a residential area, but luckily it was contained quickly.

Though no homes were lost or damaged, the brush and trees on the hill top weren’t so lucky. This tree had the base of its stump burned out, but has managed to come back to life and branch out from the destruction. I had to use a flash for some fill light on this one as it was quickly getting dark.

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