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Is it real?

Yes. 

There are two versions of this photo. One that is longer and this one. I THOUGHT they were the same photo but apparently they are not. Either only the long one is a stitch, or they both are (I usually do 2-3 sweeps, especially for night time panoramas) and I suspect different software parameters partly played a role in the difference (I may have stitched only 2-3 images for one and 3-5 for the other. Maybe when I dig deep enough into my photo backups I will uncover the exact truth, because the truth right now is I just don't know!

I used a tripod and cable release. The EXIF data is missing because I now tend to save in .PNG format for web. If you have any questions about the processing or shooting techniques used here, ask!

The other version is now posted. I will link it here eventually. The NR is a little strong on the other version which partly contributes to the difference but you can see big differences between the two especially in some of the aurora shapes. 

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 protien called rhodopsin begins to accumulate in the rods of your eye, put simply. After about 40 minutes it reaches its peak and could be compared 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 )
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WindWaker100403 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mugics
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xXSarahChanXx Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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Infinite-Zero-Nova Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
So amazing OAO
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marilin0701 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This is the best photo I have seen for a while. I am deeply in love with it Stars+ lights and the whole scene. It is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us. Magical!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
My pleasure. Thank you :)
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RUthle55 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
miraculous!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
:)
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CrazyGamer324 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Incredible
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Thank you :)
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milkpaige Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
This is amazing.  I can't believe that this view exists - with both the aurora borealis and all of those stars. Really beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
The pleasure is really mine :) Keep in mind that while you can detect nearly this many stars with the naked eye, properly dark adapted, and while aurora much more intense than this is possible, for this particular scene, this photo is just a little brighter than it would seem in person. This is for viewing purposes. It's pretty close, though, to what you can see out there.
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PoisonMeForTheFuture Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Out of this world!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Happy that you enjoy it!
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Danichi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing.. I love it!! 
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Thanks for looking :)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   General Artist
Looks even more amazing now :nod:
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Thanks dude!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014   General Artist
no probs!
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zaboo17 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Absolutely stunning...Sometimes when you look at such beauty as this, you forget about everything else.
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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.

~Ceska
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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
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Isabella-Alice Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's half of being a photographer, wonderful timing! :P

~Ceska
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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:
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Awesome! Thanks for the support. Any problems let me know.
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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
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I'm glad she loved it :) Thank you again. And, sorry I updated the processing AFTER your purchase. =(
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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)
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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 :)
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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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sed Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
:iconofficialfella1plz: Nice work!
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Mishikato Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful.
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SilenceisBrilliant Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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BabyBerry15 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Gorgeous!!!!!
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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killythirsk Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured! here!! and Here!!
have a nice day! :orange:
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GeneralMazaki Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a gorgeous shot, well done.

I can only imagine what kind of shot you can get with a prime like the 24mm 1.4L, that's incredible! I assume you used the 16-35mm 2.8L?
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Welll, you might be surprised to know that I was using 'incompatible' equipment. There was an (apc-c) Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 on the camera for this shot, set at 16mm (the only focal that works without vignetting). I have been planning to get the 16-35 for some time now. I gave my Tokina to my sister along with my spare Canon 50D because her rebel broke and photography was a big thing for her. So I am currently without a super-wide, but when I can afford it I will invest in a 24 1.4/16-35 2.8L. Also this image has been stitched from roughly 4-5 vertical images. A "fake" pano, if you will. You can actually see imperfections in the image because of it. But, everyone likes it :) So it works haha...Thanks for the comment, and hope to get my grubby hands on a new super-wide soon =P
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GeneralMazaki Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a stitched image? Get outta here! I'm looking more closely now and I don't really see anything that's super obvious. Extra kudos to you, that is pretty awesome. I just picked up a used 16-35 2.8L II for a great price, so I'm pretty excited that I'll be able to capture images like this soon. Just gotta wait on these gloomy Oregon clouds. How much noise cleanup did you end up doing at 5000 ISO?
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Hey, sorry for the delayed response. This is a common theme with me it seems lol...

And hey, don't dismiss the clouds while they're there...There's always something to make impressions of. Although yes at night those Oregon clouds probably end up somewhat bland if you're used to it. I've been wanting to visit that area for some time now. I had family there. Surprisingly little noise reduction for the ISO. That's that FF and 5D II processors. Although the tools have moved a bit beyond me...I'll prolly be using this 5D II till there's a MK V or something lmao...Don't care much for the 'cutting edge' as it were.

It's most likely I did the NR in Adobe Camera Raw, to the raw files themselves before stitching them. In most recent versions of PS, ACR's NR is actually surprisingly good! I have a 24x36 canvas of this at home and it's just great. The contents of the photo also make the grain it does have less apparent...
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richardcgreen Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning. What I like is your running
commentary on the process itself. My little Nikon
D40 is hopelessly helpless in this type of photo,
which I obviously would like to dabble in...just a bit.

THANKS again...
dick g
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Your Nikon can do much more than you give it credit for.
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richardcgreen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
GOLLY, you've made my day.
Maybe I should have a look at
the manual. I've tried to shoot
stars, and what I got was a big,
brown color, with the streak of
an airplane. One star visible.
I used a tripod, but I would need
a wider lens. Mine is a variable
18-55mm. Why brown? Is that
ambient street light? It was quite
dark out.

THANKS again: dick g
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Some-What-Damaged Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so beautiful. It must have been incredible to see in person. I could watch it forever.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
It sure was. I hope you get the chance.
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S-DLSea Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
It reminds me of an ocean... I love this so much I'm ordering one to proudly display ay my house. Maybe I'll buy an even larger one later to put in my office... :) Some day.

This piece is inspirational and is going to make a great Christmas present this year!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Glad it could enrich your experience :)
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SeaMoon13 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
spectacular!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
It surely was. :)
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ModyZinc Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning :heart:
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
It was!
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