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Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
On this summer night of 2015 I was on the edge of Haleakala volcanic crater, about 10,000 ft high on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Most visitors come to the summit for sunset or sunrise views. But to me, as a night photographer for 2 decades, the real show is dusk to dawn! Haleakala is a superb stargazing location due to altitude and thin air, being away from light pollution, and usually being above the clouds. It was 2 in the morning. The crystal clear sky was filled with stars but on the distance, over the Pacific Ocean, thunderstorm was flashing in a supercell cloud every minute. I was imaging close up views with a telephoto lens but let enough of the star-filled sky to embrace the subject; stars of constellation Ophiuchus.
If you walk in to any of the National Geographic Fine Art galleries (in Hawaii, Southern California, Las Vegas, Florida) you will find a large panoramic version of this on the walls. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of stories under stars.
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