Sunday, December 2, 2012

Shortoff Mountain Staged Light Test

Another successful staged light test---this time on Shortoff Mountain

Last night, December 1, 2012, from Wiseman's View in Linville Gorge, I photographed some staged camper lights.  Our campers were on Shortoff Mountain, 4.8 miles away.  A campfire and four headlamps were visible!

Staged Lights on Shortoff Mountain, Linville Gorge, NC
Shortoff Mountain is the dark flat topped ridge in the middle left of the image.  Five man-made  lights from our team of volunteers are visible just below the crest of the mountain:  an orange campfire, a tiny adjacent white light, and a double white light can be seen near the vertical cliffs at the end of the mountain, while a brighter white light can be seen closer to the left edge of the image.  Radio contact with the campers was maintained during the photo shoot. 
All the other lights in this image are city lights in Catawba Valley.
Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera with 105 mm lens at f/5.6, 17-second exposure & ISO-800.
In addition, another campfire, this one much closer and from unknown campers, was observed and photographed along the river in Linville Gorge.
Campfire on Linville River
This campfire was unexpected and was not part of our staged light test. 
It's about 1/2 mile upstream from Wiseman's View. 
Two small white lights, probably headlamps, can also be seen in the image. 
Illumination from the campfire reveals several campers hudled near the fire.
Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera with 420 mm lens at f/8, 8-second exposure & ISO-800.
Lastly, here's a neat shot of Jupiter.
Jupiter over Hawksbill Mountain
Jupiter rose in the east at 5:12 pm, only a minute after the sun set to the west.
Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera with 105 mm lens at f/5.6, 1-second exposure & ISO-800.

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