International Dark Sky Week starts today - April 13-19, 2015 

Celebrate the stars! Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future ... I want to help preserve its wonder." – Jennifer Barlow 

I couldn't agree more Jennifer! As a contributing member of the +IDA - International Dark-Sky Association, I want to help raise public awareness of artificial light pollution and its negative effects on human health, wildlife, safety and energy waste. Please visit the link above to get involved!

This image of Corona Arch in Bootlegger Canyon, Utah is a great example of truly dark skies - it is a blend of a single 5 minute exposure for the foreground and 117 frames of a time lapse for the Milky Way and star trails - processed & blended via Lightroom & Photoshop CC. The opening of Corona Arch is 140 feet tall and 105 feet wide. During this photography workshop the arch was lit with an orange LED to match the surrounding landscape. 

Foreground EXIF data: 
Nikon D600 & 14-24 @ 14mm
f/2.8 - 337 secs - ISO 1000 

Sky EXIF data: 
Nikon D600 & 14-24 @ 14mm
f/2.8 - 117 x 30 secs - ISO 3200  

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