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© Jeff Cruz
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I am always fascinated by stars and I got a chance to photograph the stars out on Payne Lake in Alberta, close to the US border. While shooting this image and while I was at the lake I had a very strong feeling that my friend who was battling cancer, was there with me the whole time. Upon returning home I found out he had passed away while I was on my trip. The stars and my friend will be in my mind and my heart forever. This photograph is dedicated to him. In order to create this one complete image I did a 70min long exposure to capture the star trails. The light in the foreground is from a very tiny porch light from a farm about 1km away. The long exposure made it seem very bright when it was actually hardly noticeable with the naked eye.

Field Notes: Nikon D800 / f4 / (1hr10min) / ISO80 / Nikon 16-35 @ 16mm.

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58 responses

  • miguel ramos

    miguel ramos gave props (1 Jun 2012):

    very good (and beautiful)

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (1 Jun 2012):

    a glorious shimmer and dance of colours

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (1 Jun 2012):

    wild & cool.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (1 Jun 2012):

    Amazing image!

  • Antonio Romero

    Antonio Romero gave props (2 Jun 2012):

    Wow! Amazing

  • Jeff Cruz

    Jeff Cruz said (2 Jun 2012):

    Hey thanks everyone! This photo is very special to me and means a lot. It reminds me of how my friend's memory will forever live.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (3 Jun 2012):

    Fabulous image.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (5 Jun 2012):



    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (5 Jul 2012):

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Rachelle Crockett

    Rachelle Crockett gave props (10 Jul 2012):

    Absolutely stunning!!! This shot is phenomenal!

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (1 Aug 2012):

    A good one!

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles gave props (2 Aug 2012):


  • Slimeface

    Slimeface gave props (2 Aug 2012):

    Good one!

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (3 Aug 2012):

    Very good!My vote!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (4 Aug 2012):


  • Randy Turoff

    Randy Turoff gave props (4 Aug 2012):

    Beautifully rendered

  • F Baez

    F Baez gave props (5 Aug 2012):


  • Danny

    Danny gave props (5 Aug 2012):

    spectacular, very well done!

  • Kathy Costello

    Kathy Costello gave props (7 Aug 2012):

    Gorgeous capture! I also love photographing the stars and this shot has a beautiful foreground which is not easy to do.

  • Jenna Kim

    Jenna Kim gave props (16 Aug 2012):


  • Michael Asaro

    Michael Asaro gave props (6 Sep 2012):

    Congratulations on winning and this is an excellent photo!

  • T ~

    T ~ gave props (6 Sep 2012):

    Congratulations on winning the LIGHT YOU UP contest!! Outstanding image

  • Jeff Cruz

    Jeff Cruz said (6 Sep 2012):

    Thanks so much everyone! I'm quite happy at the moment. It's good to be recognized by my peers! All the best and thanks everyone who voted and commented. If I only lived in your neck of the woods I would thank you in person :)

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (6 Sep 2012):

    Jeff, outstanding win!!! Cogratulations

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (6 Sep 2012):

    Congrats Jeff! AWESOME photo. Well deserved honor!

  • Melissa Fox-Austin

    Melissa Fox-Austin gave props (6 Sep 2012):


  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   gave props (6 Sep 2012):

    Amazing photo! Congrats on winning the Light You Up Contest!!

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (6 Sep 2012):

    Super capture!!!....Congrats on winning the Light You Up Contest.Its very well deserved!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (6 Sep 2012):

    Congratulations! Fantastic!

  • Shelley Tucker

    Shelley Tucker gave props (6 Sep 2012):


  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (7 Sep 2012):

    Congrats on winning the photo and the title are perfect!

  • Sue Pelley

    Sue Pelley said (7 Sep 2012):

    Fantastic shot. Just beautiful

  • Dennis Perry

    Dennis Perry (Deleted) gave props (7 Sep 2012):


  • Marius Cinteza

    Marius Cinteza said (8 Sep 2012):

    Fantastic view! I like a lot the colors! Congratulations!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (9 Sep 2012):

    Congratulations my friend!!!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (10 Sep 2012):

    wow this is fabulous and big CONGRATS!

  • Cassandra Hermer

    Cassandra Hermer said (14 Sep 2012):

    WOW,, great photo,, and nice thoughts of your friend,,

  • Craig Wilson

    Craig Wilson gave props (18 Sep 2012):


  • Mehdi Ed

    Mehdi Ed gave props (25 Jan 2013):

    Wow.. really nice one..

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (15 Jun 2013):


  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (25 Jun 2013):

    awesome image!!

  • Roland Zwerger

    Roland Zwerger gave props (26 Jun 2013):


  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (28 Jun 2013):

    Back to Vote!

  • Peter Meade

    Peter Meade said (10 Jul 2013):

    Beautiful colors, clarity; very well done.

  • peter bodigor

    peter bodigor gave props (16 Jul 2013):


  • David de London

    David de London gave props (16 Jul 2013):

    Great it!

  • Reza Payami

    Reza Payami said (16 Jul 2013):


  • Reza Payami

    Reza Payami said (16 Jul 2013):


  • anne wright

    anne wright gave props (22 Jul 2013):

    simply stunning

  • Jeff Cruz

    Jeff Cruz said (30 Jan 2014):

    Thanks so much everyone!!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (30 Jan 2014):

    A stunning image, so well deserving of the win! What a beautiful tribute, too!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (31 Jan 2014):

    wow, love this!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (31 Jan 2014):

    Congratulations on being a shoot-out winner...well deserved.

  • Gerard Sweeney

    Gerard Sweeney gave props (31 Jan 2014):

    great shot, it's so still but moving, if that makes any sense. Loved it.

  • Sharon Sikes

    Sharon Sikes gave props (31 Jan 2014):

    Beautiful! Voted.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (1 Feb 2014):


  • Charlotte Lyons

    Charlotte Lyons (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2014):

    Absolutely amazing!! Star trails (in my opinion) are one of the hardest things to photograph! Bravo!!

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (13 Apr 2016):

    Fabulous art!

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