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The Brilliance of the Night Sky Captured Using Long Exposure Photography and Composites

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Photographer Matt Payne recently made this series of delightfully magical night photography.  Payne is an astrophotography, landscape, portrait and event photographer who works out of Portland, Oregon. He is also a 5th generation native of Colorado Springs.

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Payne claims to possess a unique vision for the observable world, which he cultivated over many years of mountaineering, hiking and wilderness exploration. Payne has trekked all of Colorado’s 53 ranked, 14,000 ft. mountains and over 80 of the highest 100 mountains in the state, a wealth of experience which has provided him with unique opportunities to witness some of the most incredible outdoor life on the planet.

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Here he explains his own personal philosophy about his work.  “I possess a natural curiosity and sensitivity to all of man and nature’s intertwined peculiarities and an insatiable thirst for knowledge and experience. My hope is that my life-long passion for the wilderness and exploration will continue to bring me to some of the world’s most amazing places so I can continue to share my vision of those places with the world.

long exposure night sky matt payne

Through wilderness exploration I have developed a unique vision for the otherwise mundane in our day-to-day life. My hope is that my passion and dedication is clearly seen in my artistic work and is imparted to the viewers of my photographs.”

matt payne long exposure night sky

Payne utilizes composites as well as long exposure techniques to magnify the scant light present in the dark night skies in addition to capturing the movement of the stars. His images are no doubt visually stunning work. His photos encourage viewers to give pause, and take a few moments to be thankful for the natural wonders of our universe.

matt payne long exposure night sky landscape

Through his creativity with a lens he is able to achieve this. Each picture is a testament to the grandiose, infinite universe of which we are a part of. Experience more of Payne’s work in his website.

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Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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