Reader’s Lens: Seattle Times reader Craig Goodwin’s photo of a lonely rural church and a colorful night sky.

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Photographer: Craig Goodwin, Spokane

Photo taken: March 19, near Ritzville, Adams County

Photographer’s description: “It was cloudy and rainy during (a recent) epic geomagnetic storm, but I’ve learned that there is usually an echo for a couple days after a big showing of the Northern Lights, so I ventured out. I find that the key for these kinds of shots is to compose the night sky with an interesting foreground. This church had been on my radar. Taken with a 24mm Rokinon lens on a Nikon D600, ISO 4000, f2.5, 20-second exposure.”

Katie’s critique: “Incredible photograph! Just … wow! The elongated crop accentuates the dramatic sky and positions the church on the thirds. Bringing up the highlights on the church makes it pop, just as much a focal point as the Aurora Borealis. The church adds interest as an extra layer. Beautiful job all around.”

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