The Great Beyond

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The Story Behind The Stars

This photo took me by surprise when I saw the preview on the back of my camera.  I captured this one at a great lake close to my house called Lake Allatoona.  I shoot there fairly often but very rarely try to shoot stars there due to the lake’s shore line being so close to a main road with a lot of light pollution from cars and traffic lights.  However, for a short amount of time each winter, one side of the Allatoona dam dries up so much that you can hike to the middle of the lake where it’s pitch black.

When I saw that the lake had dried up, I waited for an extremely cold and moonless night come along(that sounds like the start of a horror story right?).  Side note: When it’s extremely cold outside, the air is much less dense and therefore easier to capture the stars more clearly.  So, I hiked to the middle of the lake and sat on a rock for two hours to keep from sinking into what felt like quicksand since the lake floor was still so wet.  It was all worth it when sunset came and I witnessed this really special moment between sunset and moonrise where the colors started gradually changing to create the scene you see in this photo.  I have had a lot of people tell me that it looks like the Aurora Borealis.

Thank you all so much for the taking the time to read my blog, and if you’re interested in licensing this photo or purchasing print, you can contact me here.

-Eric

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