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Barn By Starlight. December 12, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Up in Shelburne, a tumbledown barn hunkers beneath a starry sky:

I took this while waiting for a tardy moonrise which I’ll post next.  But in the interim, I looked steeply up to the heavens and thought I saw a B&W image.  It’s not quite what I hoped for, but I guess it’s worth sharing none-the-less.



1. Bob - December 12, 2011

Yeah, it’ll do. 😉

I love B&W imagery (also, similar to my eye, but I’m told by photographers totally different, infrared imagery).

2. jomegat - December 13, 2011

I daresay… that would be Cygnus the swan hovering over Vega (which is the brightest star in your image). Took me a minute to recognize them, as I don’t usually get to see all the lesser stars.

Cygnus is also known as the Northern Cross. The cross’s spar is tilted down at about a 30 degree angle (from left to right). I surmise that you were facing west.

3. eileen - December 13, 2011


4. lisahgolden - December 13, 2011

That is really cool.

5. littlebangtheory - December 13, 2011

Bob, thanks. And yeah, infrared has a quality which is different from B&W by degrees in a way which I can’t quite put my finger on. I think it has to do with the temperatures of the composite colors of the subject. Photoshop allows one to re-balance color elements in a B&W shot, which I use sometimes (though not here,) giving a KMart approximation of the IR effect.

My housemate/landlady/dear friend Holly does some amazing infrared work with her view camera – I try real hard to pay attention when she talks about the process, bot for the infrared part and because her view camera is the template for Elliot’s bag of tricks, and she has that realm way more dialed than I do! 🙂

jomegat, thanks for the info. I should pitch my Boy Scout Astronomy merit badge, ’cause I no longer remember any of that stuff. I’m hoping to purchase an intervalometer so I can do star-trails, at which point I’l start paying closer attention to what I’m photographing. But that will have to wait; I’m expecting a lay-off soon, so I’m pinching my pennies!

Eileen, Lisa, kind words, thank you. I aim to please (so you please aim too!) 😉

jomegat - December 13, 2011

Any die-hard Rush fan would be able to identify Cygnus & Lyra.

Bob - December 14, 2011

Well said. 🙂

6. littlebangtheory - December 14, 2011

I dug Rush, though I was late to the party and fall far short of “die-hard,” and so missed the reference.

But then, it’s never too late to learn! 🙂

jomegat - December 15, 2011

They released “Cygnus X-1” as the last track on “A Farewell to Kings” in 1977. It’s a song about flying a spaceship into a black hole, and includes references to the constellation Cygnus (aka the Northern Cross) as well as Lyra (Vega is the brightest star in the constellation Lyra, and the brightest star in your photo).

It is not the best song to use to introduce a person to Rush, as Geddy Lee screeches out the Lyrics in a way that is most definitely an acquired taste.

But the song did inspire me to find Cygnus in the night sky. They have been my favorite band since about 1978.

7. susan - December 15, 2011

I’ve lived in cities for so long I wouldn’t recognize the difference between Sirius and a dog’s dinner but your picture of the starry sky over the barn is very nice.

8. littlebangtheory - December 15, 2011

Thanks, susan. 🙂

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