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    [–] Mommy don’t go jawanda 5 points ago in cancer

    I just despise that you have to go through this, and I'm so fucking impressed by your attitude. No other words.

    [–] Mommy don’t go jawanda 10 points ago in cancer

    So sorry you're going through that. Watching my mom suffer through lymphoma (and some incredibly terrible side effects of chemo) was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'm not the praying type, but I whispered one for your momma. Stay strong.

    [–] "Galactic Bonsai", Photo printed on canvas, 54"x22" jawanda 1 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in Art

    I'm the photographer, the printer, and I even rip those stretcher bars from 2x4's. I really enjoy every step of the process from the photography to the printing to the wood work.

    [–] Late season Milky Way, from two nights ago in Lake Tahoe. Original file is over 100 megapixels and is maybe my favorite thing I've ever photographed. jawanda 2 points ago in space

    In the Northern Hemisphere it's much more visible late spring through early fall, as we are tilted to look towards the center of the galaxy vs out towards an outer "arm". At least, that's the scientific understanding as far as I know.

    [–] Late season Milky Way, from two nights ago in Lake Tahoe. Original file is over 100 megapixels and is maybe my favorite thing I've ever photographed. jawanda 1 points ago in space

    Six 70 mm shots stitched vertically. Can't recall the aperture off hand but it wasn't that wide, because I needed to compensate for the the long focal length and still have the foreground in focus. 3.5 min exposures with a sky tracker.

    [–] Late season Milky Way, from two nights ago in Lake Tahoe. Original file is over 100 megapixels and is maybe my favorite thing I've ever photographed. jawanda 142 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in space

    I'm sorry guys but I can't post the full size image online. I take these kinds of photos for a living, and if I release the source then anyone could make a large print, and selling large prints myself is how I put food on the table. I truly wish I could so you could see the incredible amount of detail ... but I hope you can enjoy it like this as well. Tomorrow I CAN at least post a larger version though, I'll link it from this comment, but it won't be the full size.

    [–] Late season Milky Way, from two nights ago in Lake Tahoe. Original file is over 100 megapixels and is maybe my favorite thing I've ever photographed. jawanda 12 points ago in space

    So are you not a fan of ... oh, zoom lenses? Binoculars? The Hubble space telescope photos? Anything shot with equipment that can see better than the naked eye? I understand your point, which is why I put great effort into maintaining the integrity of the photo while still getting the most out of my gear.

    [–] Late season Milky Way, from two nights ago in Lake Tahoe. Original file is over 100 megapixels and is maybe my favorite thing I've ever photographed. jawanda 3 points ago in space

    It is. Being based in Tahoe I don't come to bonsai often as.. well, it's just "been done" sooo often, especially now that it shows up on Google maps.There were 12 cars when I got to the trail head at 8pm on a Thursday... But it sure is a special place. And I had it to myself by 10pm :)

    [–] Late season Milky Way, from two nights ago in Lake Tahoe. Original file is over 100 megapixels and is maybe my favorite thing I've ever photographed. jawanda 8 points ago in space

    I use an equatorial tracking mount which turns my camera with the rotation of the earth to allow for extra long exposures. Without a tracking mount you're limited by the "rule of 500" in regards to star trailing (500/focal length =max exposure length without trailing)

    [–] Late season Milky Way, from two nights ago in Lake Tahoe. Original file is over 100 megapixels and is maybe my favorite thing I've ever photographed. jawanda 3 points ago in space

    Well animals that have more sensitive eyes than ours certainly see more detail than we do. Cats can see so well in near darkness, I'd imagine the stars look incredible to them if they ever look up.

    [–] Late season Milky Way, from two nights ago in Lake Tahoe. Original file is over 100 megapixels and is maybe my favorite thing I've ever photographed. jawanda 2 points ago in space

    Thank you so much. I put an incredible amount of effort into maximizing detail while still maintaining authenticity. With photography these days, it's so easy to go overboard with editing and I feel the vaaaast majority of Astro landscape photos I see go "too far" when it comes to brightness, contrast, and/or color (including some of my own older photos) , it's taken me many years of practice to start capturing images with this level of detail and color accuracy at night .

    [–] Late season Milky Way, from two nights ago in Lake Tahoe. Original file is over 100 megapixels and is maybe my favorite thing I've ever photographed. jawanda 5 points ago in space

    While the night sky is incredibly beautiful up in Tahoe, and the milky way is visible, to see this level of detail requires a long exposure. The naked eye simply can't absorb quite this level of detail on its own.