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Wallpaper Details: Empire Of The Lights

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Empire of the Lights by Dominic Kamp
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Empire of the Lights

November 20th, 2012

Taken from the peak of Uetliberg, a Swiss mountain plateau next to Zurich, using a Vixen Polarie, a device that helps to even out the rotation of the Earth. Exposure time was about 90 seconds at ISO 50.

Adobe Photoshop CS6, Camera RAW 7.

Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED.

Photo Settings: 15mm, f/2, 84 seconds, ISO 50.

Map: 47.3495, 8.4913

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blue » clouds » dark blue » fog » landscape » long exposure » night » photography » sky » stars » switzerland » the moon » uetliberg » vixen polarie » zurich switzerland »

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Artemis
about 1 year, 9 months ago
Startling, really grabs you and takes your breath away. Brilliant! Also, congratulations on your 70th wallpapers on Interfacelift! In great admiration, Artemis
Posted By: Gabriel Nitu
about 1 year, 9 months ago
This is one of the best photos on this site, IMO. It's absolutely gorgeous, and the stars look sharp with the motion compensation, despite the long exposure. Another winner, Dominic. Thanks for sharing !
Posted By: bondizi
about 1 year, 9 months ago
This shot blows me away. I made it my wallpaper and stared into it for 20 mins straight, at sunset. A meditative experience. My breathing slowed down, my heart rate slowed down, and I became deeply relaxed.

Bravo!
Posted By: imdoug
about 1 year, 9 months ago
Dominic:

This photo is STUNNING.

"It's my new wallpaper" doesn't do this justice. Excellent work, Sir!

Doug
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 1 year, 9 months ago
Thanks a lot for your compliments! This device is really amazing. I can't wait for the next clear new moon night and perfectly align the box to the polar star (which was impossible this time due to a huge cell tower blocking the view). Then, it should perfectly even out the earth's rotation.

Next stop: Matterhorn (but closer this time)
Posted By: jblan123
about 1 year, 9 months ago
This is the most amazing photo I've ever seen. It's going to be staying on my desktop for a LONG time. Great work.
Posted By: ElectrikLizard
about 1 year, 9 months ago
It is a really great shot.Your new toy is a nice piece of equipment ..

Personally , I think the moon should be off to one side ...
Posted By: stubulman
about 1 year, 9 months ago
Dominic, this was not up to your usual standard--it far exceeds it. You have move from the magnificent to the transcendant. Kudos

Clone Dominic to fill the world with great photography.
Posted By: poeboy
about 1 year, 9 months ago
This wallpaper is great. I put it with a rainmeter skin and submitted it to Lifehacker's featured desktop forum. I don't win anything, but this one will get a little more notice. It really deserves to be seen, it is stunning.
Posted By: Kendo
about 1 year, 9 months ago
Dominic, I don,t know whether this was a "you were there at the right time" photograph, or a "that might make a nice photograph", but whatever the reason, this is truly magnificent.
Possibly the finest and most interesting picture I have ever seen. You have excelled yourself this time.
The only gripe is, I don,t like the stars, so I have removed them for my own personal use.
Posted By: briansanderson
about 1 year, 8 months ago
Like everyone else has stated a truly stunning image. Jaw literally dropped when I first say this image. This will be my desktop background for the foreseeable future. Thanks.
Posted By: FStop49
about 1 year, 8 months ago
This is not only among the most impressive photos on this very impressive site, it ranks among the most compelling photographs I have ever seen. It greets me when I turn on my PC each morning, and I thank you for this contribution to my day.
Posted By: maverikke
about 1 year, 8 months ago
This is a stunning image. It really capture my attention, it is really fabulous! Many thanks for this another great job!
Posted By: apumalkan
about 1 year, 5 months ago
This image is indeed stunning. Possibly my favourite on interfacelift. Keep up the great work!

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