Through the Camera Lens

Cameras allow us to see things which our eyes cannot! This atmospheric light painting was captured at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. The composition is framed by an inky sky and the spectacular arch of the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope serves as a backdrop. Light painting — where a moving light source is captured with a long camera exposure — has been practiced for well over a century. It has both scientific and artistic applications. NOIRLab’s Colors of Nature Summer Academy explores the science of color and the role color plays in art and nature. Colors of Nature students learned about light painting and had the opportunity to practice the art on a trip to Kitt Peak with their families.

Credit:

KPNO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/R. Sparks

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Id:iotw2028a
Type:Photographic
Release date:July 7, 2020, 6:10 a.m.
Size:5341 x 3499 px

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