This new composition is entitled, "Venerable Astronomers" and is my newest release from my recent trip to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) back in December-January. These are the two most famous moai in the Rano Raraku Quarry on the island and get hundreds of visitors a day.
This island will always be one of the most special places I have ever had the privilege to visit and photograph. It is so remote, so uncommercialized, so beautiful, so magical, so mysterious, and so mystical that I actually miss being there only 5 months removed from my visit...so, I have been waiting to process this image for some time now, and it is honestly my first image from Rapa Nui thus far which I am the most pleased with...truly another dreamy image somewhere between surreal and expressionist.
Camera settings: As is common with many of my nightscapes, this also is two separate images merged together into one composition to create the emotions and effects I want my audience to see and feel (impressions which would be impossible to capture in a single frame)...one is an exposure of the statues and the wispy clouds, and the second image is for exposing the stars correctly. Settings for the first exposure: ISO-100, 29mm at f/8 for 284 seconds using 5 stops of Lee Proglass ND filters....second exposure for the stars is ISO-1250, 24mm at f/1.4 for 13 seconds
I hope this image and message find you well.
D. " Bodhi "