i had a pretty grandiose idea for this shot. didn't really turn out as good as i thought it would, but it was a great exercise in shooting and processing images.. this image was taken over the course of 3 hours without moving the tripod. it involves about 140 5d mark2 images (i didnt use all of them but took that many). Its got exposure stacking, focus stacking, time distortion, and is pano-stitched. my first try at this kind of shot and i really didn't like taking it, it was boring and i only got one shot for a night of work.

first "shot" started out with the flowers before the moon went down. this acted like a nice long shadow #sunset type of light. I took 3 sets of exposures with different focus distances to get the #wildflowers all in focus from directly under the camera (pointed down) to the pond.

second "shot" was just after the moon set into the smoke cloud (that cloud is a wildfire plume of smoke from a fire just outside of grand junction)

third "shot" was about 2 hours later after the sky got dark.

each "shot" described earlier is a strip of at least 10 vertical images stitched together, sometimes with 3 exposure braketing for each individual image in the pano "shot". the image is highly manipulated and warped. i left my friend in the shot chimping by the pond because its a bit of an anchor point on that side (roadsign on the other side)

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