Smoky Twilight

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
Description

This image was a shot in the dark. I was driving up to an outlook in Great Smoky Mountains National Park about an hour before sunrise, and planned to photograph the blue hour from the outlook. On the drive up, I passed this viewpoint. I knew that the viewpoint looked due south, and that the Milky Way was due south at that time. However, I couldn't see the Milky Way because the ambient light was already too bright. But I decided to take a chance that my camera could capture the Milky Way, so I turned around, set up my camera, and shot in the direction I thought the Milky Way would be. I captured the Milky Way faintly as well as wispy noctilucent clouds that I hadn't seen either. I manually bracketed a quick set of exposures before the light brightened further, and chose the exposure that brought out the blue tones in the scene.

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Date Added
June 19, 2020
Date Taken
May 7, 2019