We recently told you about a series of posters being produced to promote the dark, starry skies over national parks. As this photo shows, there are some unexpected parks that offer dazzling views of the night skies. This print was produced for Friends of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore as a fund-raiser. Here's the story behind the photo:
This picture was taken early in the morning on June 25th, 2009, of the Outer Island Light Station. A four-minute exposure, this shot was made possible by mounting the camera (a Canon 30D) on top of a telescope with a slow-motion drive, making it possible to cancel the motion of the Earth's rotation. This process allows the camera to capture an incredibly sharp and saturated image of one of the most delightful views of the heavens. A separate four-minute exposure was taken with the telescope drive turned off to capture the Light Station and house.
Conditions must be perfect to achieve such a photograph: crystal clear skies, low humidity, new moon and no airplanes or satellites spoiling the shot. It can only be taken during the summer months when the Milky Way's brightest region is poised above the southern horizon.
The proceeds from the sale of this limited edition print go to the Friends of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, whose mission is to promote an appreciation for and preservation of the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: www.friendsoftheapostleslands.org
A framed, 26-inch by 21-inch copy of this print can be yours for $530, shipping included. For more information, check out this page.
To further enjoy the night skies over Apostle Islands without leaving home, check out this video: