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#1 AzBradley

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:49 PM

Conditions could have been better, seeing and transparency only so-so. Started as 20 lights but lost a few to planes and a few to thin high clouds.

 

ES ED102 CF w/ SV 0.8x ff/fr & CLS ASP-C

12 x 360 L's @ f/5.6 - Iso1600 + Darks

DSS, StarTools, Gimp

 

m42-1-12-18.jpg

 

Still need to see if I can figure out how to add some shorter exposures for the core with the apps I have.

 

Thanks for looking,

Brad


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:47 PM

Really nice first try. How do you like StarTools?

 

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:28 PM

Hi, Michael

 

Haven't used StarTools very long, yet..still hashing around with it a lot. I do know I much prefer Gimp for coloring, not very impressed with the StarTools color module.

 

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 05:36 PM

Hi Brad,

I have been using StarTools for about 2 years and like its ease of use once you develop a workflow. However, I like to fine-tune the color with IrfanView.

 

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 01:22 PM

After posting the original image decided seemed a bit washed here so tweeked it a bit. Think I like this version better.

 

m42-1-12-18a.jpg

 

Comments welcome,

Brad


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 09:08 AM

Very nice!

 

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 09:23 AM

Hi Brad - I agree the tweaked version looks more interesting.  One thing I found with Star Tools Color module is that it responds better if I use it earlier in the process, before the "specialty" modules, like Life, Sharpen, Deconvolution, and HDR. 

 

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 11:59 AM

Thanks Michael & Bob.

 

Bob, I'll give the color module a try earlier in the process, but I do like having more options for fine tuning that Gimp offers..similar to PS, I would imagine.

 

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 08:11 AM

Brad, I do the same with PS after I finish with ST.  If you haven't tweaked the saturation lever in the color tool, give that a shot.  The preset is 200%.  I have raised it above 350 without making things look out of whack.  Since I have gotten a better feel for it, I often go in the 225-250 range, depending on the image,

 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:03 PM

Very nice! I did my first photo session last night. Of course it was M42. I'm not having much luck with the post processing. My individual 30sec exposures look really good.


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