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Starry, Starry Night Over Mt. Shuksan
Starry, Starry Night Over Mt. Shuksan

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Challenge: From A Distance (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Sky
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR
Location: Mt. Shuksan, WA, USA
Date: Jul 4, 2011
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 30s
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Jul 9, 2011

This is one small slice of the grand view from my mom's cabin on Lake Tyee, WA, near Baker Lake. The North Cascades in WA are just a stunning set of mountains, and several are permanent snowcaps.

My friend has climbed Mt. Shuksan several times.

I was originally annoyed at myself for not bringing my remote release. No star trails for me! So then I had to see what I could capture in my camera's max. exposure of 30s.

I probably overdid the color a bit, and I was wondering whether I overdid the stars when the deadline hit. They're so big because even with only 30 seconds of exposure, I was zoomed in enough that they streaked a bit.

To bring out stars, sharpen them a lot. I think I did that twice. This shot was validated during voting; every star is there, although some are very, very dim.

Here's the original, using the Photoshop Elements defaults to convert from RAW. Mom prefers this one:
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Very pleased with the score - highest in almost 3 years. :)

The title is a nod to one of my first DPC entries, also a night shot with mountains and stars:

Starry, Starry Night in the Italian Alps
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Note to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' giantmike: I agree with you about the halo on the tree - I couldn't quite tell if it was an optical illusion. Then I finally realized I'd set "clarity" to +100. That's what created the halo.

Place: 17 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.5286
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3396
Avg (non-participants): 6.6437
Views since voting: 1725
Views during voting: 273
Votes: 140
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/18/2011 04:06:04 PM
Well done, sir!
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07/18/2011 12:43:54 AM
Favoured the second I saw it. Beautiful.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2011 08:10:33 PM
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07/17/2011 05:51:34 AM
Love that starry sky and the silhouettes. 8
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07/14/2011 02:05:56 PM
I don't know if I believe what this photo is showing me. . .The stars appear dodged and not quite right. . .
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07/13/2011 06:03:09 PM
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07/13/2011 03:00:53 AM
Beautiful colours and a nice balanced composition, really pretty, well done!
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07/12/2011 12:24:59 PM
I'm waiting for some sort of creature to come popping up over the horizon.......Huge stars.......are they real? like it..........
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07/11/2011 05:16:50 PM
Beautiful colors. What's the EXIF of this picture?
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07/11/2011 02:51:29 PM
Very cool view. I like the different levels of distance used in this photo. One thing that is distracting me a little bit is the halo effect around the tree.
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