By the Sea - Blake Simpson
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McWay Majesty

On a clear Big Sur night long after the moonset, I was able to capture this scene of the Milky Way galaxy arching over McWay Falls. By blending one 25 second exposure of the sky to prevent trailing motion of the stars and one 4 minute exposure of the land to gain details in the shadows, I created a scene which the human eye cannot physically see but is truly present in nature. By carefully waiting for the Milky to rotate to the right position and aligning it with the waterfall and shore to form an “S” curve, I attempted to showcase the grandeur of both Earth and our surrounding galaxies. We live in a world far more beautiful than we know.a