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Photo Info

Dimensions8209 x 11043
Original file size49 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken5-Jan-20 19:33
Date modified25-Jul-22 08:32
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelPENTAX 645Z
Focal length55 mm
Focal length (35mm)43 mm
Exposure30s at f/5
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias+1/3 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
a galaxy far, far away....

a galaxy far, far away....

The galactic core of the Milky Way passes over an abandoned stone house in Round Valley Regional Park, Contra Costa County, CA.
Special thanks to my light painting engineer, Dick P, who tirelessly followed my every direction using the LED panel on-a-stick. We set the panel to a warm color temperature for the interior passes, then added a blue gel to simulate a cool moonlight effect for the exterior of the structure. This is a composite, all shot at 55mm using the DFA 55/2.8 on the 645Z. The milky way was shot in darker skies in the summer and blended into the house shots obtained last Sunday evening. Quite a bit of masking and manual blending of layers to achieve the final result.
I hope you enjoy it.