Starry night photo deserved special treatment

Page 6D of the Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, News Sentinel.

Page 6D of the Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, News Sentinel, viewed sideways.

Photo directors are a creative bunch, and they like to see their staff’s images displayed well. That means that, from time to time, they ask to run a horizontal picture sideways on a page so that it can be bigger. Usually I resist. It’s odd for readers to come to a page in their newspaper and find the pictures and words suddenly aligned in a different direction.

But with this photo by Adam Lau, I couldn’t resist Photo Director Kevin Martin’s argument. It’s dazzling, literally, and coming at the back of the paper Friday, I thought readers would appreciate what we were trying to do.

Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night"

Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night”

The photo was shot at Newfound Gap on Dec. 1 by “stacking” 264 20-second exposures taken over a two-hour period. I’ve rotated the page here, so the photo will be properly oriented.

The image brings to my mind Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.”