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#1 Nightfly

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 04:08 PM

Assembled from a sequence of four 60 minute exposures in September 2011, this panorama extends from Scutum through Aquila and Cygnus, to Cepheus.

A pentax 67 with 105mm lens captured each panel on one night. The camera rode atop an equatorially mounted telescope while I hand guided and watched for aircraft, capping the lens and noting the additional time needed for equal exposure time of each frame.

Assembled successfully here for the first time in preparation for a very large print to be exhibited locally.


Larger Version Here:

https://dl.dropboxus...4Four Panel.jpg

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:49 PM

Jim that is amazing, it will certainly be an eye catcher at any exhibition...

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 06:35 PM

Absolutely beautiful, especially to those who understand the difficulties of producing something of that magnitude!! Jim, I can grasp the aircraft watch, but what about satellites, meteorites, etc., can you erase them in PS or something (if one sneaks in)?

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 06:44 PM

Jim, that photo is simply fantastic.
Can't help but being marveled by the 3 dimensional effect of the obscuring dark clouds.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:48 PM

Thank you Geoff, Doppler, and Jeff.

Doppler, because the film and lens aperture are so slow most satellites don't leave an impression. The image accumulation is very slow. I do get an Iridium now and then, but not too often.

Jeff, The star clouds have so much detail within them and I often see many imagers making the contrast absurdly high to reveal the subtleties.

I often have to put up with someone pulling the image down and reworking the contrast, then posting it back on the thread to reveal a "better" image.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 07:04 PM

Jim:

I know what you mean about 'improved' images. Especially in the digital forums (DLR and CCD, both here and elsewhere) some folks often take things to an extreme, trying to 'bring out' detail in a way that I find jarring and 'unrealistic'. Astrophotography is an art in which one wants to show details that might be difficult or impossible to see with the eye (like the colors of nebulae), while at the same time creating an image that looks like a sky that we might see. This is particularly true in wide shots of large chunks of sky. There is of course subtlety involved, and different tastes, but some shots just seem obviously false. And details are usually lost, not gained, in over-processing.

Here is another image that shows that you've mastered the balance!

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:19 PM

Great pic James! Congratulations!!!

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:57 PM

Amazing work

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:49 AM

Your craft takes shape Jim. More postings in the Fine Arts America site and this worthy mosaic will be available as a print?

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 09:56 AM

James, beautiful stuff on the Fine Arts site (I just ordered a print of "Solitude") - I only see one astrophoto there (and it is nice!), but I thought I saw more of your AP for sale somewhere else? Greg

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:03 PM

Thank you Greg. Enjoy the print! Solitude has been well received. I am planning on adding more astrophotos to the site soon. I'm picky on the scans.

Thanks again!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:24 PM

Sorry to all that this is off topic, but I have to say, regarding "Solitude", that horizon is the epitome of "mesmerising"!!

http://fineartameric...es-cormier.html

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:55 PM

Nice panorama....looks like what I see scanning MW with 5 inch binoculars.

Also like this....

http://home.arcor-on...axel.mellinger/

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 04:18 PM

Thank you Mr. Bill. Yes, I can imagine the view through 5" binocs! I do well with my 7x50's with many barnard objects realized. It's amazing how much can be seen under a dark sky.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 04:45 AM

Not just a great image, but a stunning display of patience, talent & skill behind the scenes. :cool:

Wow. Just...Wow.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 10:02 PM

Jim if you could pull off a mosaic this summer - it would rock the CN contest.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:48 AM

I hope I am not spilling the beans, but I see that James put it on Fine Art America:

http://fineartameric...es-cormier.html

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:46 AM

Just wait until you see the 25 x 72 inch print that I am ordering for an exhibit! I'll have to stand next to it and get a shot to post here. Stay tuned.....

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:19 PM

Looking forward to that... :jump: :jump: :jump:

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 04:48 AM

I'm late, but I can't leave this without a comment. Phenomenal photo! It had to be a hard work to put the mosaic together.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:33 AM

Just got my 24 x 8.5" print yesterday, and took a quick flash photo this morning. I used keys, knife, etc., for scale. I figured I'd post it so that James will have something to trump with his 72" print :-)

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:47 PM

Very nice...

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:59 PM

That looks nice Greg!

The 72" is on its way and will adorn the ceiling of the Milky Way / Ocean room of The Naturalist Notebook in a few weeks.

http://thenaturalistsnotebook.com/

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:06 PM

Nice! What type of paper is it printed on? And what print service?

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 02:51 PM

Dave, James can probably give specifics, but they give a light description of the paper at the bottom of the order page linked in my earlier post...., Greg






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