Landscapes/Astroscapes - Michael Seeley: Photos of Stuff
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"Look up at the stars"

I've labored over appropriate and creative ways to memorialize Stephen Hawking, and have scoured the interwebs for a quote of his (other than the obvious) to serve as inspiration for how we proceed without his towering influence on science and beyond.

In the end, I settled on waking up early, finding some dark, clear sky, and I looked up.

And, the obvious (and oft-used) quote, well, it just works. Perfectly.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."
-Stephen Hawking, 1/8/1942 – 3/14/2018


Photo details: Single exposure taken at 5:20 am on March 16, 2018, on Route 441 in Kenansville, Florida using a Canon 5D4 with a Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens. Settings were ISO4000, f2.8 and 20-second exposure time. IT WAS COLD OUT, and not just by Florida standards. My car thermometer read 34 degrees, but the benefit was the air was crisp, and thus the Milky Way was quite visible to the naked eye. Initial edits were done in Lightroom, mostly to try and bring out the foreground. I didn't have any available lights with me (other than headlights), so I'm stuck with pushing sliders to get any detail from the road. I also And, final edits were done in Color Efex (detail extractor).

The bright object near the top right of the frame is Jupiter, and running toward the bottom-left corner from there you can see Mars (in the cloud) and nearby is Saturn.

And, although I have seen that quote hundreds of times, I don't know where or when Hawking first wrote/said it, but for here, I lifted it from this NYT article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/world/europe/stephen-hawking-quotes.html

(Picture by Michael Seeley)

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