Dean Bugaj in Maine
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From Dean about this image:
Category: Stacked and Blend
Field of Dreams:
What is and what once was paired together for this incredible scene. And old truck that has lived its life tenfold resting among the fleeting beauty of Maine’s lupines. —
This is a shot that almost never was. I saw a post on social media only partially describing this area, but it was enough to try and find it on what was most likely the last night of the year this image could be made. The flowers of the lupines should be falling off any day now, and the moon now extends late enough into the night to severely hamper getting a clean MilkyWay shot. —-
Armed with a camera and a general sense of direction in drive to what I guessed would be the general area for this scene, almost 2.5 hours away from home. I drove around an additional hour looking around, and only upon beginning to drive home did I notice this sweet scene tucked away in my side view mirror. So I quickly u-turned and drove in. Still not knowing what I was in for, I got really excited that my crazy adventure to somewhere I literally had no idea about would line up perfectly with the Milky Way!! I only had to wait 3 hours for the moon to set. That was a long 3 hours. But it was worth it!!!
I had to pull out the stops for this shot, as flood lights from a nearby building dominated the scene, so I used my own LED light to overpower those lights and set my exposure accordingly to get a clean foreground then did a median stack of ten images for the sky.
Nikon d750 with sigma art 35
Foreground f16 iso 640 for 3 minutes
Sky f2, iso5000 for 6 seconds x10
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Soaking up the last light in the Coromandel is the perfect way to end any day! Especially when the light is as intense as it was on this particular evening 😍😍🔥
334810 hours ago
We left pieces of ourselves on this mountain. It’s the second most difficult hike in all of Kauai. The trail narrows to six inches for miles with drop offs that are literally thousands of feet down. It was pouring rain, and we were faced with the difficult decision of continuing the hike to reach the summit over looking the ocean only to find there would be no visibility. Some of the group wanted to go and suffer on the summit and risk it all to possibly return with nothing, and some wanted to turn back and head to the Jeep. We decided to listen to each other and compromise and so we’d wait in the rain for a set amount of time to see if the sun would break through the clouds... and if it did we would agree to continue. Turns out... it didn’t, so we voted to turn back, and as we rounded the corner on the way back the sun popped through the clouds and a rainbow appeared. It came and then it was gone in maybe 5 minutes. We were the only witnesses and all alone on the trail. I tell you all of this for two reasons: 1. Some of my favorite memories have been made when things have gone wrong, and I think anything truly enjoyable in life will require that we suffer just a little bit. 2. Everyone speaking and listening to that internal voice about what we should do put us in exactly the right place at the right time. When everyone speaks their truth, we all win in the end.