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I wanted to capture the Milky Way over West Thumb Lake but it was already pitch-dark. I didn’t know how long it would take to scout a spot in the dark, so I decided to stay there. But also, the other factor was the frigid temperature. I was quite surprised by how cold it was at night in early July! I definitely was not ready for it! However, the night at West Thumb offered a clear, beautiful night sky, contrary to how gloomy it was throughout the day earlier. No light pollution whatsoever! While thinking to myself that the showers earlier didn’t promise me this, I framed our galaxy over the forest and started pressing my remote button away…

Yellowstone National Park, WY

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 14mm / 33.0 sec at ƒ/2.8 / ISO 3200
  • Taken 7/13/2016

© 2016 H Peter Ji


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