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Cyclops – Low Level Lighting
Cyclops – Low Level Lighting

During my June trip, I had a short phone conversation with my friend and fellow photographer Eugene Louie and we were very surprised to discover that we were both planning to shoot near Lone Pine, CA the next night. Of course, we immediately decided to do the shooting together.

After meeting in the afternoon, we had an early dinner and, while discussing our plans over a burger, we discovered that we favored two totally different places for our night together.

After checking our planning apps, we agreed that shooting at both spots was possible during the next night, as the MW would be nicely placed over the arch I desperately wanted to shoot, while the late night vertical MW would nicely fit Eugenes preferred scene.

This is the result I got at “my” arch. We arrived there shortly after sunset and, while talking about how to set up the low level lighting, I noticed that Eugene was quite a perfectionist about it. We decided to light the scene with 3 LED panels and I let Eugene play with the lights. He kept shuffling them almost until the end of our shooting and, although he never was totally happy with his setup, I think he did an excellent job lighting the scene.

Canon EOS 6D astro modified
Samyang 24mm f/1.4
iOptron SkyTracker Pro
Low Level Lighting

6 x 30s @ISO1600
10 x 30s @ ISO1600, tracked

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Ralf Rohner

Airline pilot and avid astrophotographer

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