"PUNA ORA" is a new release from BODHI SMITH.
“And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.” ― Pablo Neruda
"she is my light, the universe, she is my entire life source, i live to see her glow and she recharges me each time i see her" ― bodhinku
"She was at once a mystical journey into the heart of the Earth and the calm found in the fading light of sunset. She was like a moonless sky; dark, deep and eternal. Upon her skin a blanket of stars was scattered to be traced by knowing fingers..." ― C. Ara Campbell
Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8
(ISO-3200, 14mm at f/2.8 for 15 sec) x 9 vertical
Ahu Tongariki, Rapa Nui, Chile
03/27/2018 at 6:45am
Filters: NO Filters
Ahu Tongariki Moai
Nikon D810, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8
(ISO-64,14 mm at f/8 for 30 sec) x 9 vertical
Ahu Tongariki, Rapa Nui, Chile
03/27/2018 at 8:26am moments before sunrise
Filters: Progrey Titan .9GND and Progrey Titan 3.0ND
The 9 star images were taken before the 9 moai images in this composition, and I stitched together each pano separately, before aligning them to merge together into one composition...and with this being a photo merge of 9 separate images (times 2), with each set taken about 1.75 hours apart, a stable and sturdy tripod with a pan-head mount was an absolute necessity for this composition in order to keep the camera still for each individual long exposure, and also help keep the images as best aligned as possible on the same level plane from one exposure to the next. For this I used a Dolica 70" Carbon Fiber tripod....for me, this shot would never have been possible without my friends Daniel and April at Dolica Tripods. For the bottom 9 images of the statues and the green grass, I used Progrey filters to help balance the image, which helps with the merge with the stars as the underlayer, as well as keep it more on the dark side (about 3 stops darker) to have it look more naturally...
"here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud
of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)” ― e.e. cummings
“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” ― Sarah Williams, Twilight Hours
The title of the image, "Puna Ora" is Rapanui and means "Life Source"...light really is the source of all life here on earth, without it, well, none of us would be here. And the Milky Way for me is a source of my life...
I adore the Milky Way...I have been obsessed with staring at her beauty for these past couple of years. I am amazed and fascinated by how beautiful she is, no matter what position in the sky or location she is found. And i am further obsessed in trying to create photographic impressions of her to show the world just how much i am in love with everything about her...she is the most beautiful thing my eyes have ever witnessed, glowing and lighting up my sky like nothing ever has before, or ever will again. She speaks to me with her silence, so much clearer than any mere mortal words with her thoughts permeating into my own. I love being with her all night long, just humbled by her grace and majesty, so magical and mystical. as she blinks at me with a billions eyes I simple breathe and my spirit is wrapped up into the whispers of her sighs, and i exhale her love...i simply adore her. All of her.
"if your love for me was a star in the sky, my love for you would be the Milky Way, glowing alive with billions of you inside me" ― bodhinku
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” ― Og Mandino
“I love the stars.
Because they can't say anything.
I love the stars.
Because they do not judge anyone.” ― Natsuki Takaya
“Who writes your name in letters of smoke among the stars of the south?
Oh let me remember you as you were before you existed.” ― Pablo Neruda
I visited Rapa Nui three years ago, but just returned at the end of March to really capture images such as this one. And here, the Milky Way this late in the morning on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) on this date was pretty high in the sky, so this is the reason i needed to shoot the images in a vertical position even at 14mm.
I did not plan on getting the sun pillar, but I was lucky and one appeared on this night to add another cool element to the image...a sun pillar is sometimes visible coming up off of the horizon above the position where the sun is going to rise, it shines a beam directly up in the sky an hour or two before sunrise
Pretty cool that i was able to capture the brightest star of the Southern Hemisphere sky, Sirius, so boldly with its natural blue glow top middle of the image. It was key to have this star in each of the separate images to help photomerge them together...
And the Southern Cross can be seen in the image to the far right at about the 2:30 position, just above the Coal Sack Nebula in the Milky Way. it looks like a kite with 4 stars making up each corner. By connecting the dots is how it looks like a cross...The Southern Cross is the famous set of stars that are like our North Star in the Northern Hemisphere that the old Captain's used to navigate by out in the open Seas of the Southern Hemisphere because of their unwavering position above due south...
“For he would be thinking of love, Till the stars had run away, And the shadows eaten the moon.” ― W.B. Yeats
“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers...” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
"Stop the world. Slow down everything. Shut off the noise. Seize this moment. Reconnect. Reflect. Feel and sense what surrounds you. Listen to all the colors of light that envelope you. See the melody and harmony that floats about unnoticed. Taste the solitude of all this wonderment. Smell the beautiful silence within your peaceful serenity. Illuminate. Then, reach out and touch your faith. This is my world." ― bodhinku
As always, I hope this message and image find you well.
Namaste ― Bodhi
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