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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Steve Gio » Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:11 am

Matt stop it already! You're making me wat to camp out without a tent. :-D

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:24 am

Milky Way and Encroaching City Lights Over Lone Eagle Peak
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:05 pm

Lincoln by Moonlight
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:57 pm

Paint Mines during the Geminid Meteor Shower

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby upndown » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:07 pm

mattpayne11 wrote:Paint Mines during the Geminid Meteor Shower
Matt, that is a fantastic shot! Could I talk you into sharing any of the exposure details?
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Oman » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:14 pm

Agreed! That is a spectacular shot (or shots). I'd love to hear how you did it. I tried but failed to do a shutter exposure over 50 seconds without having the stars turn into star trails. Amazing that you could catch a dozen meteors and still have the Milky Way remain tack-sharp.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:38 pm

upndown wrote:
mattpayne11 wrote:Paint Mines during the Geminid Meteor Shower
Matt, that is a fantastic shot! Could I talk you into sharing any of the exposure details?


Thanks guys.

So, this was shot using the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 @ f/2.8... 30 second exposures at ISO 3200, I think 180+ exposures? Actually thought I'd get more than 12 meteors but I'm happy with the result.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Oman » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:52 pm

Very cool. I'd love to learn more. How do you stack 180 photos? Is it easiest to think of this as two separate images -- one with the 180 photos of the sky / stars, and one with the rocks? How do you paste the sky photo onto the rock photo?

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:14 pm

Sweet image!

I saw the other star-trails image you had on Flickr and it looks like that one had the entire sequence?

For the image in this thread, I assume you made it in one of two ways:
1) One shot had all of those meteorites! Wow, that would be incredible
2) You used one shot as a base image so you didn't have any star trails and then took each of the other images containing meteorites and overlaid the base layer. After that, I assume, you would have had to mask out (erase) the stars (but not the meteorites) on the additional layers. At least that's my guess.

Very cool result.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby MuchosPixels » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:06 am

This I took back during the last week of Sept. while on a fall foliage trip in Colorado. I was not looking to make night shots and really tried to use the night for setting up camp and resting since I was there for only a week and wanted to do as many sunsets and sunrises as possible along with some daylight shots.

Maroon Bells, waiting for the sun to rise. Got there early to get a good spot for the sunrise.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby ezabielski » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:20 am

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Another Maroon Bells.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:01 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:Sweet image!

I saw the other star-trails image you had on Flickr and it looks like that one had the entire sequence?

For the image in this thread, I assume you made it in one of two ways:
1) One shot had all of those meteorites! Wow, that would be incredible
2) You used one shot as a base image so you didn't have any star trails and then took each of the other images containing meteorites and overlaid the base layer. After that, I assume, you would have had to mask out (erase) the stars (but not the meteorites) on the additional layers. At least that's my guess.

Very cool result.


Yup Bill, #2 is right. Some other meteor shower photogs go an extra step and rotate the meteors so that they have a single point of origin.

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