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  • On the Beach

    Posted by Jonathan on March 24th, 2014 (All posts by )

    Campers sit around a fire under a magnificent starry night sky on the beach at East Cape Sable, on Florida Bay at the southern end of Everglades National Park. (Jonathan Gewirtz

    East Cape Sable, Florida Everglades


    6 Responses to “On the Beach”

    1. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      Interesting you got the Milky Way in that shot.

    2. Jonathan Says:

      The extreme SW of Florida is very dark:

    3. David Foster Says:

      This is great!

      Did you have to use a long exposure, or does it look like this to the naked eye?

    4. Jonathan Says:

      It was about a 15 second exposure. At this latitude, with the lens I used, the stars start to smear if you go much longer.

      The sky was pretty bright but as compared to the photo the overall scene looked darker to the naked eye. It was so dark that the light from the fire was dazzling and it was difficult to focus the lens. I ended up focusing on the people by the fire, which is why the stars are a bit blurred.

    5. Bill Brandt Says:

      You sure can do a lot with a digital camera Jonathan – maybe I should get an SLR.

      Have a Nikon F3 that is collecting dust. I know it is worth next to nothing but it had been with me to so many places I hate parting with it. It’s like an old friend.

      A Canon G7 does most of the work these days. Even that is old by digital standards.

    6. Mike Doughty Says:

      Very nice! Having spent many nights fishing in the Gulf, it brings back memories.