Cosmic Contemplation

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Cosmic Contemplation

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Overall size of this product is 30 × 40 cm.
The image area of the print measures 21 × 32 cm.
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year is the largest international competition of its kind. Organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and sponsored by Insight Investment, the competition receives entries from photographers all around the world. It annually showcases the best space photography from a global community of astrophotographers.

I took this image on the final night of a seven-week road trip throughout the western US. I used a stack of five separate, untracked exposures to capture this image. Each exposure was 13 seconds long. I set my camera to intervalometer mode, which continuously captures images, and then scrambled down to this spot to pose in place for a few minutes. For processing, I chose the five sharpest images and then stacked them in Starry Landscape Stacker. I processed the image in Adobe Lightroom. Bringing out the shadow detail without much noise was only possible by using the stacked image. For me, the image serves as a memory of the trip of a lifetime, and I feel like it adequately captures something I love doing so much – looking up at the night sky and wondering about its origin. I took it with the hope of inspiring others to do the same.
Brian Fulda
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