Photographer's Note

The NamibRand Nature Reserve, a private nature reserve in southern Namibia, has the stamp of approval to become an official night sky reserve — a spot supremely suited for some of the best stargazing on Earth. The nature reserve is home to some of the darkest skies yet measured, according to a statement from the International Dark-Sky Association, an organization that certifies "starlight reserves" around the world.

Recognising the importance and the value of keeping the night sky dark, park staff put in efforts to modify any lighting on the grounds to preserve the natural darkness for the sake of the region's wildlife and human visitors — and to enhance the views of the glittering night sky overhead. The accommodation available runs on solar power, with minimal solar lights.

When the night is really dark, one does not feel the need for even music – it was as if any artificially created sound or light will destroy the aesthetics and quality of night sky experience. I felt very lucky to be able to have this experience, and to photograph the Milky Way...

I tried many shots with various settings, but found the following ideal:

Camera was set on Manual, with an exposure time of 15secs and ISO 6400. Lens: 15mm. Tripod used, of course

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1134] (7380)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2016-02-14
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: Nikon D5200
  • Exposition: f/-11.6
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2016-03-21 22:22
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Points: 26
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