I had the opportunity to practice my long-exposure skills with the stars down at Lake Powell when I went down there last week. There are literally no towns for miles when you're on the lake and so the light spill from buildings and street lamps is nonexistent. So it was a perfect opportunity to stargaze (which we did with a telescope, lots of fun!) and then whip out my camera and stretch my photographer muscles.
I set most of these pictures at a 25-second exposure and just pointed my camera in a direction and hoped that it would take something good. My tripod was also a little odd since it was sitting on uneven ground and evening it out meant spending more time amongst the wild things and bugs flying everywhere. So the framing wasn't as good as I would like, but I'm actually quite pleased with how it all turned out. This will certainly NOT be the last time I'll do this :)
Edit: the lens used in all of these pictures was my Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 lens. It's quickly becoming my favorite.
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