My nephew Michael, who gazes at stars through telescopes, not camera lenses, has annotated the photograph of the night sky that I posted earlier today. In case you were wondering what I was focused on, Cassiopeia is smack dab in the center…not that I knew it at the time. The only constellations that I recognize are the Big Dipper and Orion. I was at Blue Bird Camp at age 8 years old when I remember first hearing of the constellation Cassiopeia which was pointed out to me and I was told she was sitting in her chair. I could never find it again.

It’s kind of fun to see a map of the stars superimposed on my own photo. It makes me want to go out and do some more night photography. We have so much light pollution around my house, though, that even the new Lightroom Dehazing slider couldn’t help.

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2015—Night Skies At Arches

My friend Richard sent me a link to remind me of one of the new features of both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC…the dehazing slider that removes haze and enhances night skies. He suggested that he might have to redo some of his photos from our Moab trip this past April. I responded that since most of my photos from Moab sucked, there was little point. But, this morning I started fiddling with some of them and the filter really does help. I also went back to my photos from Moab in 2014 with Moose. Here are two of my dehazed shots.

Arches 2015

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Arches 2014

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