The Desert At Night

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Hale Bopp Comet, taken around sunset time from a few miles south of Saratoga Springs.

Taken in Panamint Valley, looking towards the north end of the valley.
This is a double exposure on a moonlit night. I'm camped along a dirt track on some "desert pavement". The exposure was about eight minutes. You can see the lights of Panamint Springs near the center of the frame. There is a larger version of this image available (107k). This is a double exposure image. The main image was taken on a tripod with a 15mm fish eye lens. I tried to make sure the horizon was centered in the frame so that it did not bend, but you can see a little curve in the horizon. The moon was behind the camera for the main exposure. You can see the shadow of the tripod just to the left of center.

The moon was added as a second exposure with a 200mm f/2.8 lens and a 2x teleconverter. The initial exposure was about 8 minutes...the moon exposure was what the camera's spot meter indicated was 2/3 stop above neutral grey; about 1/160 of a second if I remember correctly.

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