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📷: @knacqua "I managed to grab this shot on a little detour back to my car, after a pretty epic sunrise meet. The relatively low sun made it easy to play around with some starbursts! For this type of effect, you're going to want to use an aperture of f/11 or smaller. The smaller you set the F-stop, the more diffraction you'll get, and the more flare you will see in your image. I usually like a big flare, so I have this one cranked down to f/18." | a7R II | 16-35mm @ 16mm | f/18 | 1/160 | ISO 640 |
Proof that you CAN see the Milky Way from BYU campus 🌃. And by "see" I mean "photograph-using-long-exposure", because you definitely can't see it with your eyes 👀 #lightpollution .
FYI - LONG & SPIRITUAL POST:
When Elisha led his troops into battle, on the surface they appeared to be vastly outnumbered. When a young man asked him how they even stood a chance, Elisha responded: "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them." Then "the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."
The light-polluted skies of Provo to our eyes can appear rather empty, but that doesn't mean that the heavens have vanished completely. In fact much can still be seen (if faintly) if you have the right equipment.
So to connect the dots and make the metaphor - if you ever feel like God has abandoned you, know that HE HASN'T. He is just as close as ever, but "for now we see through a glass, darkly", and while "now we know in part...then shall we know even as also we are known."
2 Kings 6:16-17
1 Corinthians 13:12
ANYWAY, if you've made it this far and are still reading, I've given myself the challenge of trying to capture the night sky from light-polluted areas. So this marks entry 1 in my new #cityskies series.