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Milky Way Nightscape from the Dog Head Burn Scar

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#1 CodeBlind

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 10:09 PM

I've been on a bit of a nightscape kick lately. Yesterday evening I took my family for a night under the stars at the Dog Head burn scar in the Manzano Mountains and captured this (click for high-res version).

 

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It was a beautiful evening, temps in the 70s and a constant but soft breeze. Although I can't say I'm happy about how many forest fires we've had in the last few years, I have been curious to see how a wide milky way shot would look through burnt trees. I'm also quite surprised at how quickly things have started to grow back after only 18 months.

 

Side note - I decided to write an article about all the different ways I've exposed foregrounds in nightscapes since I started this hobby two years ago. If you're curious, you can read it here.

 

https://faceofthedee...in-a-nightscape

 

C&C welcome and appreciated!


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Posted 11 June 2018 - 10:22 PM

Gorgeous shot.  Is that a single frame??


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Posted 11 June 2018 - 10:38 PM

Gorgeous shot.  Is that a single frame??

Thanks! It's actually two frames. One 30-second shot at F/4 and ISO1600 for the foreground at twilight, then another 30-second shot at dark for the sky at F/2.8 and ISO6400 (tracked at 0.5X on an iOptron SkyTracker).


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 11:09 PM

Ooohhhh, nice!!!

 

What lens? 


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 11:58 PM

Ooohhhh, nice!!!

 

What lens? 

Thanks hdt! I shot it with a Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II at 16mm and F/2.8. It does reasonably well but has bad coma in the corners wide open. Thinking it's time for an upgrade ...


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:13 AM

I love this composition - I would share your concerns and curiosity about the effect of forest fires as well. I have a small forest patch that has recently had its own damage due to severe storms in the early spring. I've wanted to get some nightscapes around there as well. Thanks for posting this, and your guide!


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 04:12 PM

I love this composition - I would share your concerns and curiosity about the effect of forest fires as well. I have a small forest patch that has recently had its own damage due to severe storms in the early spring. I've wanted to get some nightscapes around there as well. Thanks for posting this, and your guide!

Glad you like it, and thanks for reading the tutorial - if you do get some nightscapes from that forest patch, I'd love to see how they turn out!



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 05:32 PM

Thanks! It's actually two frames. One 30-second shot at F/4 and ISO1600 for the foreground at twilight, then another 30-second shot at dark for the sky at F/2.8 and ISO6400 (tracked at 0.5X on an iOptron SkyTracker).

So, did you layer the foreground on top of the sky, or the sky on top of the foreground, and then blend/adjust transparency?


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 06:45 PM

So, did you layer the foreground on top of the sky, or the sky on top of the foreground, and then blend/adjust transparency?

I layered the sky on top of the foreground, added an alpha channel to the sky, then manually edited that alpha channel.



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 06:15 AM

What a fantastic nightscape of the Milky Way. Thanks for sharing. It is inspirational ..... Anil


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Posted 15 June 2018 - 11:58 PM

What a fantastic nightscape of the Milky Way. Thanks for sharing. It is inspirational ..... Anil

You bet!



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 06:59 AM

Wonderful composition


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