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Milkyway Over Halemaʻumaʻu Crater
Photo By Zongye Quek

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Photographer: Zongye Quek

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  • Title: Milkyway Over Halemaʻumaʻu Crater
  • State/Province/Region (required): Hawaii
  • Country (required): United States
  • Nearest Town: Hilo
  • Description: Mother Nature’s awesome power on display at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park—Earth, Wind, Fire and Sky -> This shot was taken within the Volcanoes National Park in Big Island Hawaii. showcasing the powers of Nature at work with an actively glowing volcanic crater, and the glow from millions of stars within our own galaxy lighting up the night sky with both earthly and heavenly lights. This was a technically challenging to capture in a single shot as the glow from the volcano is way too strong compared to the faint glow of the milky way. In order to properly expose both without blowing out the highlights in the crater I had manually placed the tip of a leaf i picked up around the site, in front of the lens. "masking" out the crater for 25s of the total 30s exposure, only removing the leaf for the last 5s of the shot.
  • Gear: Eos 5D mark III , 16-35mm F2.8

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