Earthbound Stars


The sun was rising over the Machias River and I strolled from our cabin into the dewy grass.  It was our last morning in Maine and I took a deep breath to savor the crisp New England air.  Sunlight streamed through the trees from its low angle in the sky.  I watched as the forest floor was transformed into a glowing field of flora.  The contrast was brilliant and the plants took on the appearance of twinkling stars in the night sky.  I knew this magical light was fleeting so I quickly set up my tripod, and used a wide angle lens to frame this shot.  Camera settings: 17-40mm lens at 40mm, f8, 1/20, ISO 100, Canon 40D.  Upon arriving home, I converted the image to B&W in Photoshop, and selected the Infrared preset filter.  

I also found this fitting quote,  "I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars."  - Og Mandino

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