Milky Way, Mount Assiniboine, and Mars

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“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable” Mary Oliver

Spent most of the night just below Nub Peak (2,755 m or 9,039 ft) to get this shot. I like the perspective higher up as Mount Assiniboine (3,618m or 11,870ft) rightfully towers over Sunburst Peak (2,849 m or 9,347 ft) in the foreground which you don’t appreciate at the nublet far below. Was a wee bit chilly up there at night. However between a warm dinner and our portable espresso machine we were warm and awake.

We were lucky to have a particularly large Mars thanks to its close 2018 approach and managed to line it up nicely with the top of Assiniboine. Made for an interesting decent with our head torches but we eventually made it back down to the tent just ahead of dawn, for a brief rest before getting up somewhat deliriously to shoot the sunrise at Magog Lake. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.


If you would like to learn a little bit more about my background in photography you can read the interview @photofeed did with me here

Robert Downie
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One of the best shots i've ever seen of yours!! Amazing!!


Thanks mate. It was a complex shot logistically and took a lot of physical effort to get up there and patience in the elements. Glad you like it; means a lot.

Holy Moly!!!! I wish I had more to upvote. This is one of the best shots I have seen in a long time!!

Very nice pic!!

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Thanks. That is very kind of you to say that.

Absolutely stunning shot! I need to do some research and try my hand at astrophotograpy one of these days. We have some beautiful, clear nighttime sky views out here in our rural part of Missouri. This photo is very inspiring :)


Thanks. The more you get into it the more you will love astrophotography. I have a section on my portfolio dedicated to it now - .

If your interesting in learning I would suggest starting with the the information at Lonely Speck ; it's an excellent resource.

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It doesn't look real,it is that good lol. Definitely worth the cold to get this one.


Thanks mate; although I do try and make things look as realistic as possible. Astrophotography is always hard like that as the camera sensors are so much better than ones eye.

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wowwwww!!! absolutly amazing!!


Thanks. It was a fair bit of effort to get this shot so I am glad that people like it.

Incredible photography. I have camped high up in the Colorado Rockies. The stars are unbelievable. Great capture!


Yes. The stars in the mountains are always amazing. Lets you cut though all that particulate pollution you have down at ground level.

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Wonderful. Great setup work. You catch a unique moment!
Which gear did you use? Can I find it on your website?

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As a general rule if you click on the little (i) in the bottom of the images on my website you can see the exif information on each photo. This was however a difficult composite shot so the exif info won't be correct. It is is a panorama of two images at 24mm merged vertically. The foreground is five shots at 30sec at f5.6 median merged as a smart object in photoshop to reduce noise, and the sky is eleven shots at 15sec stacked in Sequator (to a total of 165 seconds) at around f2. It is a Samyang f1.4 lens which has a variable aperture (its actually the Cine T1.5 version lens ). The aperture was backed off a bit, there are no fixed stops on Cine lenses so I can’t tell you exactly what the f stop was. Camera is a Canon EOS 6D mkII .


Thanks for the explain. I didn't expect so many shots stitched... Even more work!
I do 360 panoramas with a pano head and fisheye. Shoot in hdr. I know a little how long could be a post processing on stacked photos...
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Yes it is a lot of work to get a clean shot with little noise.

This is incredible ! ☺️

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Stunning image!