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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:58 AM

Milkyway Over Mount Rainier



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RT @Interior: One of the most stunning photos we've ever seen. The #milkyway over @MountRainierNPS http://instagr.am/p/U7KGbSAu2Y

____ Some images are just plain extraordinary -- and often, the photographer has invested a great deal of time and effort to make that image happen. Photographer Dave Morrow describes the process of among this image from #MountRainier nationalpark in October, 2012. "I went up to SunrisePoint at Mt. Rainier last weekend with my buddy Keith. After a lame sunset, we waited for the MilkyWay to come out. The placement was just perfect and the sky was pitch black! Time to jack up the ISO and shoot some stars...this was one of many from the night."

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bigtree Jan 2013 OP
livetohike Jan 2013 #1
Coyotl Jan 2013 #26
FourScore Jan 2013 #49
MrMickeysMom Jan 2013 #61
CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2013 #2
malaise Jan 2013 #3
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #4
longship Jan 2013 #5
rateyes Jan 2013 #18
longship Jan 2013 #19
SWTORFanatic Jan 2013 #37
11 Bravo Jan 2013 #6
Junkdrawer Jan 2013 #8
Capt.Rocky300 Jan 2013 #29
Junkdrawer Jan 2013 #7
HappyMe Jan 2013 #9
octoberlib Jan 2013 #10
sky imager Jan 2013 #11
trusty elf Jan 2013 #12
tavalon Jan 2013 #13
tavalon Jan 2013 #14
Aristus Jan 2013 #42
pinboy3niner Jan 2013 #15
irisblue Jan 2013 #16
warrior1 Jan 2013 #17
panzerfaust Jan 2013 #23
bigtree Jan 2013 #25
cemaphonic Jan 2013 #32
thucythucy Jan 2013 #45
rustydog Jan 2013 #50
MzShellG Jan 2013 #20
marybourg Jan 2013 #30
panzerfaust Jan 2013 #21
classof56 Jan 2013 #24
rustydog Jan 2013 #48
JaneyVee Jan 2013 #22
allan01 Jan 2013 #27
Ron Obvious Jan 2013 #28
BootinUp Jan 2013 #31
Ian Iam Jan 2013 #33
Terra Alta Jan 2013 #34
treestar Jan 2013 #35
WillyT Jan 2013 #36
DhhD Jan 2013 #38
AtheistCrusader Jan 2013 #39
Junkdrawer Jan 2013 #40
AtheistCrusader Jan 2013 #41
Junkdrawer Jan 2013 #43
Harry Monroe Jan 2013 #55
Cha Jan 2013 #44
thucythucy Jan 2013 #46
rustydog Jan 2013 #47
SemperEadem Jan 2013 #51
Liberal_Dog Jan 2013 #52
cbrer Jan 2013 #53
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #54
samsingh Jan 2013 #56
Timbuk3 Jan 2013 #57
kwassa Jan 2013 #58
chillfactor Jan 2013 #60
dmorrow32 May 2013 #64
kwassa May 2013 #68
chillfactor Jan 2013 #59
kwassa Jan 2013 #62
dmorrow32 May 2013 #63
hrmjustin May 2013 #65
dmorrow32 May 2013 #66
bigtree May 2013 #67

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:59 AM

1. Wow!!! Thanks for sharing this

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Response to livetohike (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:53 AM

26. Check out the photographer's domain:

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #26)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:12 PM

49. wonderful!

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #26)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:10 AM

61. Talent!

Beauty!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:00 AM

2. This is stunning...thank you!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:03 AM

3. Stunningly beautiful

Thanks

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:05 AM

4. Just wonderful

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:16 AM

5. And a meteor zooming in from the left.

R&K

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Response to longship (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:49 AM

18. And the right.

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Response to rateyes (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:52 AM

19. Your eyes are better than mine. Missed that one. nt


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Response to longship (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:31 PM

37. There are actually 5 in the picture. Look close.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:20 AM

6. Spectacular! That's a truly stunning photo. I especially love the meteorites ...

coming from both left and right, serving to frame the mass of stars.

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:25 AM

8. ..or satellites seen because of the long exposure times?

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Response to Junkdrawer (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:52 PM

29. Definitely satellites..........

the paths are too straight to be meteors.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:26 AM

9. Love this!

Thank you for posting.

Reminds you how small you are compared to the universe.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:29 AM

10. Beautiful! nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:37 AM

11. The home galaxy of the human species..

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:52 AM

12. Gorgeous

thanks

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:04 AM

13. I thought I would have to wait for the inevitable eruption before we would get different shots

of The Mountain. I was wrong. This is fantastic.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:06 AM

14. It's like our iconic volcano spewed stars

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Response to tavalon (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 04:58 PM

42. I was thinking the same thing!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:10 AM

15. My photo of the same scene:

Morrow may have lacked the equipment or the talent to capture the shot properly.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:39 AM

16. I need a chocolate fix now...LOL

Last edited Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:21 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:43 AM

17. Sorry if this is a silly question

but is this looking towards the center of the Milky Way or towards the edge?

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Response to warrior1 (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:19 AM

23. Towards the center

 

we are towards the edge

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Response to panzerfaust (Reply #23)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:53 AM

25. that looks like a really dangerous predicament for Earth

. . . in ultra, ultra, super slo-mo.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #25)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:12 PM

32. especially since the center of that spiral is a supermassive black hole

millions of times larger than the sun.

Not to worry though, the sun will go through its red giant phase, burning the earth to a crisp, long before we are in any danger of falling into a black hole.

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Response to cemaphonic (Reply #32)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:03 PM

45. That is just SO reassuring!

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Response to panzerfaust (Reply #23)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:14 PM

50. Carl Sagan said it best:

"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different.

Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us.

On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. "
Carl Sagan

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:08 AM

20. Simply amazing!

How can this be seen by us regular folk?

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Response to MzShellG (Reply #20)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:27 PM

30. Identify a dark sky site, either through a local astronomy club

(google astronomy and your town) or through a dark sky website (less reliable, but there are several on the web), go there before dark, dress appropriately and carry emergency supplies (dark sites, by definition are remote),look up. Enjoy.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:17 AM

21. I really, really miss Mt Rain

 

Thanks for posting this.


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Response to panzerfaust (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:23 AM

24. Thanks to you for posting this gorgeous scene.

Beauty abounds in the Cascades, huh?

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Response to panzerfaust (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:10 PM

48. Is that lake Tipsoo?

I haven't been there in decades!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:18 AM

22. Probably my favorite galaxy of all time. Although I may be a bit biased towards it.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:53 AM

27. re:Milkyway Over Mount Rainier

oooh ahhhhh. looks like th e galaxy is spewing out of the volcano to me ! thanks for posting

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:43 PM

28. I remember the first time I saw the Milky Way

I still remember the first time I saw the Milky Way. I was about 18 or so, camping in the New Mexico desert on a moonless night. I woke up in the middle of the night, got out of my tent and well, there it was.

I was literally dumbstruck and stared, openmouthed, for hours. I'd never been far enough away from city lights to know that such a sight was even a possibility. I'd seen stars before, but I'd never seen stars...

The word 'awesome' should be reserved for sights such as that.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:11 PM

31. Thats a keeper. nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:20 PM

33. Lower the curtain down on Memphis

 

Lower the curtain down, all right...

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:23 PM

34. beautiful.

I've saved it as the background on my phone.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:24 PM

35. That is something else

I don't think I've really seen the milky way! Too much time in urban areas!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:28 PM

36. K & R !!!


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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:41 PM

38. A 2014 Calendar of 12 shots of the Milky Way would be on my list. This one could be October.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:49 PM

39. Wow. I live a couple hours away, and I've never seen this.

That is amazing.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #39)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 04:25 PM

40. I don't think you would see exactly that with the unaided eye

For shots like this, you need long exposure times and a rock steady tripod.

Nowadays, it's hard to find skies dark enough to see such things.

On edit:

Found this by the photographer:

http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

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Response to Junkdrawer (Reply #40)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 04:48 PM

41. Sure, the human eye isn't nearly a sensitive.

Still be pretty bright in person. You should be able to see the banding of the milky way.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #41)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 05:07 PM

43. As a kid in the 70s, I hitched across the US camping as I went...

I seem to remember a night in Idaho.....

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Response to Junkdrawer (Reply #40)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:28 PM

55. Au contraire!!

I am a retired Merchant Mariner and have seen the Milky Way many a time in all it's glory on a 0000-0400 night watch in the middle of the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean when the moon is new. Believe me, it does look quite like this. And it makes me feel quite small and insignificant.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 05:28 PM

44. Our Universe is sooo Beautiful!

Thanks bigtree!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:04 PM

46. Beautiful beyond words. Nt.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:09 PM

47. An astronomically stellar eruption!

Excellent photograph

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:29 PM

51. my daughter just got a job up in Washington State

I'll send her the link to this. Lucky girl!!!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:50 PM

52. K & R

Simply spectacular.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:00 PM

53. Gorgeous, and humbling. Thanks! nt

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:10 PM

54. Simply,

Beautiful!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:19 PM

56. kick

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:38 PM

57. Awesome! n/t

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:45 PM

58. This photo looks like a composite of at least two different photos ....

and some other effects. This is, in essence, photoshopped.

First photo, Milky Way. Second, Mt. Ranier, which has a mysterious light source illuminating it's slopes in the middle of the night from the upper right somewhere. It actually looks like a daytime shot that is filtered down for a nighttime look. Third, what is the glow behind the mountain on the horizon? Sunset? Seattle?

I've seen the Milky Way in the high Rockies, and stars are never bright enough to photograph without time exposures, and are very hard to see anywhere there is ambient light from cities, or sunsets, or the fake moonlight illuminating the slopes of Ranier.

I suspect the meteor effects were also added.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #58)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:06 AM

60. put a sock in it.........................

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Response to kwassa (Reply #58)

Tue May 7, 2013, 08:31 PM

64. I don't remember doing any of the stuff you said when I took the photo

Hi,

I took a quick screen shot of all the pics I took that night, I made it black and white so no one can take the pictures. As you can see it is not fake. In response to your statements which really go to show you don't know a thing about night photography so please stop misleading people that may actually want to learn something about the subject.
http://davemorrowphotography.smugmug.com/Other/Before/26039190_kJgzNg#!i=2339440685&k=jCSrwPC&lb=1&s=A

1) If the moon was out then how would the Milky Way be so visible? I took this on a night with no moon, also known as the new moon. Anyone that takes night photos of the Milky Way knows this... the ground is light because I took a long exposure....
2)The glow comes from Seattle and Portland, and can not be seen by the naked eye, only a camera during a long exposure.
3) All RAW photos taken with pro model cameras must be processed using photoshop, this in now way means they are fake. It is a digital darkroom.
4) The shot is made from 1 single RAW file taken with my Nikon D800.

Thanks to everyone else for the great comments!

Dave

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Response to dmorrow32 (Reply #64)

Tue May 7, 2013, 10:30 PM

68. What is the source of light on the section of the mountain facing us?

The glow behind the mountain can easily seen as city lights in the distance. That can't be the source of light for the front of the mountain.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:57 PM

59. this is truly an astounding shot.....

thank you fot posting it!

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Response to chillfactor (Reply #59)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:27 AM

62. of course it is astounding.

It's fake.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 08:20 PM

63. Thanks for all the great comments.

Hi All, Just saw the link back to this site on my website analytics, thanks for all the great comments I really appreciate it!

Dave

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Response to dmorrow32 (Reply #63)

Tue May 7, 2013, 08:35 PM

65. Welcome to DU my friend!

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #65)

Tue May 7, 2013, 08:40 PM

66. Thank you!

Thanks

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Response to dmorrow32 (Reply #63)

Tue May 7, 2013, 10:21 PM

67. thanks for that shot

truly astounding, inspiring.

Thanks for looking in. The response from folks here has been stellar!

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