Under the stars

“So much of this shot came down to trust and luck,” says photographer Will Strathmann about this image, which he took of himself and a friend kayaking under the night sky on New Hampshire’s Squam Lake.
“I had to trust that my time-lapse was running and that the positioning of our kayaks was right. And I was lucky that the lake was calm enough for floating smoothly without movement and that the passing clouds didn’t obscure the stars,” he says.
To get the image, Strathmann set his camera on a tripod on the dock and used an intervalometer—a device that operates the camera’s shutter at set intervals—to take 13-second exposures every 14 seconds. He and his friend then paddled out on the lake to view the night sky. “The biggest challenge was remaining still enough so that motion blur didn’t ruin the image,” Strathmann notes. “It helps in these situations to have patient friends who support your passion and are willing to be your subjects.”
Reblogged from National Geographic

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