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Your Light in the Darkness

203 MEGAPIXELS
A close-up of "Your Light in the Darkness" by David Meaux: an ultra-high-resolution VAST photo.
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203 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format VAST photo print of the Milky Way behind illuminated rocks on a grassy hill; astrophotograph created by David Meaux in Chaos de Nîmes-le-Vieux, Vebron, Lozère, France

Your Light in the Darkness

203 MEGAPIXEL VAST PHOTO
Chaos de Nîmes-le-Vieux, Vebron, Lozère, France

The Cévennes National Park is well renowned for its clean air and awesome skylines. In 2018, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) awarded the prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve label to the Cévennes National Park. It has since become the largest dark sky reserve in Europe.

The Cévennes is a magical place with many majestic landscapes, but one of my favorite places is the Chaos de Nîmes-le-Vieux on the Causse Méjean highland plateau. I love its varied limestone rock formations that resemble an ancient, ruined city. As time has worn on, erosion has shaped many of the rocks into sculpture-like forms. It is a place where I find myself surrounded by natural beauty, crisp clean air, and the smell of wild thyme. It is a place where time slows down to reveal a night sky untouched by light pollution like what the ancients must have seen. I wonder at the beauty so often hidden in the plain sight of modern life.

The best way I thought I could capture what I was experiencing and feeling was through using light painting with night sky photography. Having previously scouted-out this location where I found two ruined-shaped rocks that lined up with the Milky Way, I waited for a dark, clear night in October, when I could I bring to fruition the image I had previsualized. The timing was important because it would allow the Milky Way to pass between the rocks vertically and stretch overhead as if they reached out to infinity. Light-painting, star-stacking, and focus-stacking were all used to create this more than 180-degree VAST vertical panorama.

Date & TimeOctober 18, 2020:  6:51pm - 10:16pm
LocationChaos de Nîmes-le-Vieux, Vebron, Lozère, France
Coordinates44.229953, 3.525951
Focal Length23mm
Aperturef/20, f/11, f/4
Shutter Speed1/5 sec, 1/3 sec, 2.5 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 16 sec, 22 sec, 30 sec, 34 sec, 36 sec, 54 sec, 1 min 20 sec
ISO100, 6400
Number of Exposures374

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Total Pixels202,930,658
Horizontal Pixels10,073
Vertical Pixels20,146
Aspect Ratio0.5 : 1
File Size1,160 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)2.8 feet
Height @ 300ppi5.6 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)5.6 feet
Height @ 150ppi11.19 feet

Date & TimeOctober 18, 2020:  6:51pm - 10:16pm
LocationChaos de Nîmes-le-Vieux, Vebron, Lozère, France
Coordinates44.229953, 3.525951
Focal Length23mm
Aperturef/20, f/11, f/4
Shutter Speed1/5 sec, 1/3 sec, 2.5 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 16 sec, 22 sec, 30 sec, 34 sec, 36 sec, 54 sec, 1 min 20 sec
ISO100, 6400
Number of Exposures374

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