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The Story Behind the Photo: Star Reflections in a Lake

November 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


Our trip to the Adirondack Mountains in the autumn of 2015 was one of my best trips.  The weather cooperated, the fall colors cooperated, we  had planned our hikes well, and I ended up taking about 3000 images over three weeks.  The trip was both immensely enjoyable and productive.


When planning the trip, I knew that I wanted to do some astrophotography.  Once we got there, I wondered "wouldn't it be great to get star reflections in a lake?".  As my experience in astrophotography has grown over the past couple of years, I have been seeking new night-time photo opportunities.  Star reflections in a lake was something I had not yet done!  To get star reflections, a few things have to happen.  The night has to be clear.  The angle to shoot the Milky Way (if you want to shoot that) has to be right.  And, there can be almost no wind.  


I chose Heart Lake for its easy accessibility, and I watched the weather forecasts.  Soon, a night came up that was forecast clear.  I showed up at the lake, and was blown away by what I saw: Heart Lake was smooth as glass, and I could see the Milky Way and the stars clearly reflected in the lake with my naked eye.    I was able to shoot the lake for two nights out of three tries.   I am truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to see such sights.




By the way, the bright light to the left of the Milky Way in the photo above is the Andromeda galaxy.







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