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#1 OFFLINE   pyro073

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Posted May. 19 2017 - 07:05 PM

As the title says, Milky Way season has started for us in the Northern Hemisphere. So, I have been back at it late at night some more getting milky way photos. 

 

I got a new camera and have been putting it through its paces the last few months and I am very pleased so far. I also have been trying a few new things. 

 

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Here are some examples of some of the new things I have been trying. These are all panoramas. The first one is a 5 shot panorama with a 35mm f/1.8 lens. I have been trying to find an ISO that works and I pushed it a little far on this one but I still like it. 

 

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On this one the Northern Lights were supposed to be really bright and even somewhat visible as far south as here in Idaho. I couldnt see them with my eyes. But, they showed up here on camera between the city light pollution and the butte.

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I also had a chance to go to the Legacy Flight Museum up in Rexburg, ID. They have a P63, a few P51's as well as a few other things. All aircraft except for the retired Blue Angel A4 still fly. 

 

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That same day, I headed over to a nearby wildlife refuge to put a lens I got earlier this year through it paces on some birds. 

 

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For this one, the owl was not amused I was hooting at him to get him to look at me. 

 

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Finally, I have also been improving my skills in photoshop. This one was a photo I really like but the lighting wasn't right and the sky was boring. So I added some better light and replaced the sky with a better one. 

 

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Posted May. 19 2017 - 07:13 PM

I really like those sky shots.....except for the bright red lights....they pull my eye away from the focal point which is the stars. Great work!!!!!

 

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Posted May. 19 2017 - 07:16 PM

I really like those sky shots.....except for the bright red lights....they pull my eye away from the focal point which is the stars. Great work!!!!!

 

Keep it up  :thumb:

 

Yeah, unfortunately, they can be avoided in that area. But on a side note your state gets most of the power generated by those from what I have been told anyway.




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Posted May. 19 2017 - 07:21 PM

 

Yeah, unfortunately, they can be avoided in that area. But on a side note your state gets most of the power generated by those from what I have been told anyway.

Is there a way to photoshop the bright light out and have a normal, dark, unlit image of the windmill?  I think that would look cool as heck. A black image of the windmill against the stars would look so much softer on the eyes. 




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Posted May. 19 2017 - 07:26 PM

Is there a way to photoshop the bright light out and have a normal, dark, unlit image of the windmill?  I think that would look cool as heck. A black image of the windmill against the stars would look so much softer on the eyes. 

 

Not that I can think of. They blink too often and it takes a somewhat long exposure. I tried removing it completely. But, it did some weird things. So, I had to just leave it. 




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Posted May. 19 2017 - 07:27 PM

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Posted May. 19 2017 - 09:03 PM

Thank you for sharing your pictures.




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Posted May. 19 2017 - 09:05 PM

Great photos. Great.

 

There is so much light pollution here- we can see maybe 100 stars, if we're lucky.




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Posted May. 19 2017 - 09:05 PM

Excellent photos sir. I honestly can say that I have never seen the Milky Way like that, thank you! The perturbed owl is great, love the look on his face. The shot that was photoshopped is beautiful, a little scary, but beautiful. Scary in the fact that it just proves that you cannot trust what you see in pictures anymore. But you did an incredible job with it.
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Posted May. 19 2017 - 10:55 PM

Good stuff!




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Posted May. 20 2017 - 05:35 AM

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Posted May. 20 2017 - 10:18 AM

Very nice Robert. I absolutely love your night sky photographs. I would love to see the night sky in all its wonder like that.

If you don't mind me asking, how long is your exposure on those shots?


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Posted May. 21 2017 - 03:19 PM

Very nice Robert. I absolutely love your night sky photographs. I would love to see the night sky in all its wonder like that.

If you don't mind me asking, how long is your exposure on those shots?

 

For the wide angle photos they are 20 seconds. For the zoomed i shot, that's a 10 second with a higher ISO and more wide open aperture.

 

For astro photography to avoid star trailing you can use what is call the 500 rule. To find that magical number you take 500 and divide it by the focal length. If you have a camera with a crop sensor, you need to factor in that crop factor Nikon and Sony are 1.5x and Canon is 1.6x. So, since I am using a Nikon Crop Sensor camera my equation for a wide angle shot would look like this. 

 

11mmx1.5=16.5mm Equivalent focal length (we can round it down to 16)

 

500/16= 31.25

 

So in theory, that means I can have up to a 31 second exposure with no trailing. However, the angle of the lens can mess with this and from my experience, I do get a little trailing at that long of an exposure. So, I usually run 20 or 25 seconds as a safer bet. 







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