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Registered: August 2008
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Went on a night sky shooting session tonight. This one turned out pretty well I think. This is the Milky Way with the Southern Cross next to the tree (if you know where to look).
It was a lovely clear but cold night.
The glow on the horizon is light pollution from Brisbane about 40k away.
I did some light painting on the tree with a torch in another shot, but I exposed too long and the stars moved too much. I'll have to put that one down to experience I thin and try again next time.
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Registered: February 2008
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Sun August 8, 2010 8:05am

I think this is a pretty good try for a first attempt. The stars could of course be a bit sharper, etc - but the overall effect and colour scheme is nice. A bit more intense orange glow would be a bonus - I guess you should pick a very hot/humid day in Brizzie when the polution is at it's highest Smile I do like the tree silouette.

Registered: August 2008
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Mon August 9, 2010 8:35am

Thanks Kev. I was pretty chuffed with this as a first go.
The aperture was open as wide as I could, and at ISO 400 i figured I was pushing it as far as I could without introducing noticeable noise, so I was pretty much stuck with a 1 min exposure. Unfortunately the stars have moved a bit so it's not as sharp as I'd have liked. Next time it's ISO 800 and 1600 just to see whether I can get away with it, or even trying shorter exposure times and ACR recovery.
At times like these I get real twitchy for that 5D mkII and f2.8 glass.

Registered: February 2010
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Mon August 9, 2010 4:35pm

I like this shot very much, honez! I can not say whether the stars should be sharper or not because the composition is very nice and usualy the stars look like that...may be not but who think about this when is looking at the stars. Smile

Registered: August 2008
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Thu August 12, 2010 4:51am

I've added some notes to this pic on my flickr page if you're interested in seeing what stars are what (from what little I know about the night sky).
It's in the landscape set. Feel free to drop in and have a squizz.

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