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The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography by Glenn Randall

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FIGURE 9-1 Milky Way over Mt. Sneffels, Mount Sneffels Wilderness, Colorado

9 The Landscape at Night

Today’s high-end DSLRs have made it possible to make landscape photographs at night that were simply impossible in the film era. Film lacked the sensitivity to record the night sky as we see it, with apparently stationary stars. Exposures on even the fastest (most sensitive) film were usually so long that the stars made visible streaks as the earth rotated, rather than being rendered as points of light. True, some photographers used tracking devices to counteract the earth’s rotation, but these were specialized tools not widely used by most shooters. ...

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