Yan Zhang Photography | South American Mountains | Journey of Night

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Categories & Keywords

Subcategory:Night Sky
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Fitz Roy, Moonlight, Patagonia, Reflection, Star Trails
Photo Info

Dimensions7360 x 4912
Original file size29.4 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken26-Apr-16 10:04
Date modified13-Aug-16 19:11
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D810
Focal length32 mm
Focal length (35mm)32 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure180s at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 640
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Journey of Night

Journey of Night

Fitz Roy peaks, which were lighten up by rising moonlight, produced a glowing red shining effect. This was an original discovery I made during my 40 days Patagonia expedition (April - May 2016).

By taking star trails over Fitz Roy on 25 April night, I accidentally captured the red shinning Fitz Roy peaks caused by rising moonlight. The weather condition was simply perfect: no wind and crystal clear sky, which made this star trail photography successful.

Then I realized that this could be a new phenomenon not commonly known before. In the next 2 weeks, I spent a great deal of time to observe this phenomenon from different locations, both high in the mountain tops and low down to the valley. By the end, I successfully photographed this moonlight red peaks phenomenon four times, and gained good knowledge about when, how and in what degree this phenomenon would occur.