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Mike Shaw
Carlos Avery Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota
10:02 pm

Equipment Details:

Nikon D810A
Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens @70mm
Really Right stuff tripod
FLW lens filter
Single exposure: ISO 10,000, f/2.8, 0.5 sec

Post-processing Details:

Edited in Adobe Lightroom for noise reduction, highlights/shadows, texture.
Edited in Photoshop for Selective Color adjustments

Image Details:

The Mercury - Venus conjunction of 2020 is seen here setting over a peaceful lake in the Carlos Avery Wildlife Refuge in central Minnesota. If only the sounds of the frogs and songbirds could be included! Reflections of both planets are visible in the still lake surface, a good indicator of the serenity of the evening. This image was made under the provisions of a Special Use permit to access the normally closed Wildlife refuge at night.