Smoky Blue Hour

Equipment Info
PENTAX K-1
15mm / f/2.8 / 25 sec. / ISO 3200
State/Province/Region
North Carolina
Nearest Area
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Notes

Pentax K-1, 14mm, f.2.8, 25 sec., ISO 3200

Description

This image was a nice surprise. Before sunrise one May morning I drove up toward Newfound Gap in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hoping to get some blue hour images from outlooks near the gap. As I drove by an outlook lower down, I saw the beginning of the blue hour unfolding in the sky above the foothills. Even though I couldn’t see the Milky Way because it wasn’t dark enough, I knew the viewpoint looked toward the Milky Way at that hour and thought my camera might capture a hint of the galaxy with a long exposure and high ISO. But I had to move fast before it became too light. I quickly took several exposures before the light changed, manually bracketing exposures based on prior experience photographing the Milky Way. This exposure picked up a trace of the galaxy, and also wispy clouds which I could not see myself.

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Date Added
January 2, 2020
Date Taken
May 7, 2019