After Dark Assignment Winner Karthik Subramanian

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“Jordan Pond Trails And Reflections” By Karthik Subramanian

Congratulations to Karthik Subramanian for winning the After Dark Assignment!

“This was taken during a long weekend trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. I scouted the Jordan Pond area during the day, making sure that I could get a good composition facing towards the northern sky. I also checked out the position of the waxing crescent moon so that I could get a soft moon-lit landscape into my composition. After sunset, I went back to Jordan Pond area with my buddies and set up my tripod in the cold water to get the rocks in the foreground. I prefocused my lens to infinity and located Polaris, the north star, and set up my composition.  It was a very calm night and the star reflections could be clearly seen in the pond. I took one long exposure, low ISO shot to get enough details for the rocks in the foreground and the trees and mountain in the background. After that, I took about 98 shots over the next hour at higher ISO amidst a lot of coyotes howling into the night. The final output was exactly like I expected: star trails in the sky, trail reflections in the water broken up by the rocks in the foreground adding 3 layers of depth to the picture.”

Equipment & Settings: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, Induro CT214 tripod. Long exposure: f/5.6, ISO 400, 2 minutes. Trail shots: f/2.8, ISO 1600, 30 seconds