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May 23, 2011
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
25/1 second
Focal Length
16 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 27, 2011, 1:15:03 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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Endless Possibility by Thomas-Koidhis Endless Possibility by Thomas-Koidhis
To answer a few common requests/questions :)

Can I post a bigger size?

Done. upped to 1000px from 700px

Is it real?

Yes! The EXIF data is available lower right. DSLR, tripod, cable release, etc.

For some strange reason there are two versions of this photo. One that is long - wider than 1:2, and this one. They are both the same photo but I have no idea how I ended up with one that is long and one that is much shorter! It is a stitch of a few images but I don't remember making two attempts, or how I ended up with the difference. Friggen weird! Ah well, a anomaly that works well for me! May release the panoramic version at a later time.

Where is this?

About 40km from a small town called Fort Smith near the Alberta/Northwest Territories border. The waterscape is a bend of the gargantuan Slave River (a mile across on average), which runs from mid Alberta all the way into the Great Slave Lake.

The water empties from the Slave Lake and becomes the Mackenzie River, feeding into more separate lakes and rivers and underground waterways than you might imagine. Most of Canada's water, and a large portion of the worlds fresh water, can be found in this region and Canada's north in general. The Mackenzie continues northward, where it empties out into the Arctic Ocean.

The waterscape is not an ocean =P A few have made the mistake of thinking the shapes near the shore are waves. If you look closely you can see cracks in the "waves." It is just irregular shapes created on the spring ice because our melt takes several months.

Are there really that many (viewable) stars where I live in the night sky?

Technically, for the most part, yes. This photo is by my estimate effectively one stop brighter than visible with the naked eye. In complete darkness (in the absence of light from the blue spectrum), a compound called rhodopsin begins to accumulate in the rods of your eyeball. After about 40 minutes it reaches its peak and is similar to raising the ISO sensitivity of a camera. This process is called dark adapting your eyes.

Combined with fully dilated pupils, the swath of the milky way and thousands of stars are visible. It is absolutely, insanely beautiful. I have been fascinated with it since I was young. I can't wait to buy a deep sky telescope.
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Given 2011-06-05
Stunning. Amazing. Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful. Surreal. Just to name a few words deviants have left on this brilliant capture. The colors, the exposure, the reflection. Simply perfect!

Endless Possibility by ~OctoberLife ( Featured by Anoya )
zaboo17 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Absolutely stunning...Sometimes when you look at such beauty as this, you forget about everything else.
Isabella-Alice Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just... I have no words. It's just an amazing image, so inspiring and beautiful.

Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Aww thank you :) I can't claim too much to the affect other than being in the right place at the right time though =P
Isabella-Alice Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's half of being a photographer, wonderful timing! :P

LostMessageInABottle Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I was going to use the points i earned to buy my BFF a premium... but I never realized that she had bought herself one already. I'm using the points now to support artists. I just bought your photo. :) absolutely beautiful. :heart:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Awesome! Thanks for the support. Any problems let me know.
LostMessageInABottle Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome. The picture I bought was for my mom and she loved it. Wonderful work
redsteroo Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I ordered this in the largest size possible and it looks magnificent on my wall!!!! Still loving it. :o)
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I really appreciate the support, and super happy that it keeps giving back to you :) I will try to make something better than it before I go south in the fall :)
MasterKrypton Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this has to be one of the most beautiful pics I've ever seen!
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