Glenn Randall Photography

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Milky Way Panorama and Longs Peak

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Milky Way Panorama and Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Milky Way Panorama and Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

To truly appreciate the immensity of the universe, contemplate the Milky Way, the diffuse band of light in the night sky caused by the billions of distant stars of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Get as far as possible from the city, with its noise, bustle, and light pollution. Go when it's truly dark ‒ on a moonless night, at least an hour and half before sunrise or after sunset. And go in spring or summer, when the brightest part of the Milky Way, which lies in the constellation Sagittarius, is above the horizon during the hours of total darkness. You'll see that the Milky Way appears to make a gigantic arch in the sky.

 

In April 2013 a powerful spring snowstorm dropped nearly a foot of snow on Rocky Mountain National Park. I got up at 1:30 a.m., drove to Bear Lake from my home in Boulder, and snowshoed under clearing, moonless skies to this vantage point above Nymph Lake. The silence was profound. No lens has a wide enough angle of view to capture the full width and height of a Milky Way panorama, so I set up a specialized tripod head that allowed me to shoot two overlapping rows of images with an ultra-wide-angle 16mm lens. The latest digital cameras, such as my Canon 5D Mark III, are so astonishingly sensitive that they can capture scenes lit only by starlight and the sky glow emanating from the distant cities out on the plains.

 

 An hour and a half before sunrise, at the beginning of astronomical twilight, the stars began to pale and the clouds began to gather once more. By great good fortune, the brief window of clear skies had occurred precisely when I needed it. Once I returned home, I assembled this panorama in PTGUI, a specialized panorama-stitching software package. The completed panorama spans 145 degrees left to right and 85 degrees from top to bottom.

 

I have spent many hours over the last 20 years hiking, snowshoeing, and climbing at night in order to reach some photogenic vantage point in time for sunrise. Often I would pause briefly, turn off my headlamp, and soak in the beauty of the night sky. Now, for the first time, I have started to capture some of that beauty and, I hope, that sense of wonder in my images.

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I offer over 100 images on this site, in four or five sizes each and as many as five different presentations (loose, matted-only, framed, gallery-wrap canvas, and gallery float). It is impossible to keep every size and presentation of every image in stock at all times. Accordingly, most of the items I offer for sale on GlennRandall.com are hand-built one at a time as customers order them. It normally requires between five and ten business days to complete an order, but it may take longer if I am on an extended shoot. Shipping time is in addition to these figures. To get specific information about delivery time for a particular item, please call 303 499-3009 or email me. I will do my best to accommodate rush orders. Thanks for your patience!

All photographic prints, regardless of presentation (loose, matted-only, framed, etc.) are delicate and require careful packaging to be shipped safely. Accordingly, all online purchases will have a 15 percent charge added for shipping and handling. This shipping charge only covers shipments to the continental United States. Please contact me for a quote on shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, or to international destinations. If you would like to pick up your print at my home office in Boulder rather than have it shipped, please call 303 499-3009 (office) or 720 320-7126 (mobile) to complete your purchase and make arrangements for pickup. Alternatively, I can deliver prints in the Denver metro area for $1.00 per mile based on round-trip mileage.

All matted-only and framed prints larger than 24x30 inches, all gallery-wrap canvases and gallery-float prints larger than 30x40, and all framed panoramas wider than 30 inches, are too big to be shipped via FedEx ground and too big to fit in any standard-size art box. While these prints can be shipped, they require a custom-made crate and the cost is exorbitant ($300+). I strongly suggest that all customers who live outside the Denver metro area and who wish to purchase a print larger than the maximums specified above buy the loose version and take it to the custom frame shop of their choosing. Loose prints can be shipped rolled at the standard shipping rate of 15 percent of the retail price. I will gladly provide detailed instructions to the framer on the moulding I use and my preferred method of mounting and framing the piece.

I use elegant hardwood frames on all of my framed prints. The image above right shows the frame I use for the smallest framed size of this image. I use proportionally larger frames with the same color finish for larger prints. The moulding shape will vary, depending on the size. For more information on the frames I recommend for different size prints, please visit my framing page.

Studio Moulding frame 353-125 cherry Studio Moulding Forte 4934 mahogany-finish picture frame Studio Moulding Forte 4834 mahogany-finish picture frame

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