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Skattelite Silver Member Nikonian since 17th May 2006Fri 09-Nov-12 05:07 AM
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"The Milky Way"
Fri 09-Nov-12 09:00 AM by Skattelite

Perth, AU
          

I decided to make the most of a day off to head to a place I have been wanting to shoot for quite a while, so my wife and I packed the car and the dog and decided to camp a night on a remote and lonely beach to take some photos and do some surfing.
It just so happens that I had been looking at some images of the Milky Way, and figured I might give it a try. I've never attempted this before, but this location provided a great opportunity to experiment with the shapes and textures of the dunes as a foreground to the sky, which I illuminated with a flashlight.
These are 3 of the better ones.
They are single exposures processed in Lightroom. The first two have the Southern Cross sitting just above the dune, for those who are interested.
Your thoughts and comments welcomed.
Scott

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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011Fri 09-Nov-12 08:07 AM
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Nürnberg, DE
          

Hello Scott,

think you did a very good job on taking these pictures. But I have some question:; Why are the dunes that white? And why didn`t you go for bulb (at least two minutes) and a lower ISO and f/16?

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Skattelite Silver Member Nikonian since 17th May 2006Fri 09-Nov-12 08:51 AM
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Perth, AU
          

Hey Egbert.

The dunes are a fine white powdery sand - beach sand, and they are effectively the colour of snow. I also illuminated them with a torch, so that is why they appear this way.
My aim was to get a sharp, pinpoint rendition of the stars, like the human eye sees them. Any exposure over about 30 seconds starts to capture movement due to the earth's rotation and they become elongated. Even at 30 seconds you can still see this effect in the images, so f/16 would require the shutter to be open for several minutes to get enough light on to the sensor and you would have star trails.
At f/2.8, the focus ring needs to be right on infinity, otherwise the image is hopelessly out of focus. It's a fine balancing act.

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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011Fri 09-Nov-12 07:12 PM
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>Hey Egbert.
>
>The dunes are a fine white powdery sand - beach sand, and they
>are effectively the colour of snow. I also illuminated them
>with a torch, so that is why they appear this way.
>My aim was to get a sharp, pinpoint rendition of the stars,
>like the human eye sees them. Any exposure over about 30
>seconds starts to capture movement due to the earth's rotation
>and they become elongated. Even at 30 seconds you can still
>see this effect in the images, so f/16 would require the
>shutter to be open for several minutes to get enough light on
>to the sensor and you would have star trails.
>At f/2.8, the focus ring needs to b









e right on infinity,
>otherwise the image is hopelessly out of focus. It's a fine
>balancing act.
>
>Cheers,
>
>Scott
>
>My
>Nikonians Gallery>


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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Fri 09-Nov-12 11:08 AM
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South Australia, AU
          

Hi Scott,
Truly amazing images,
Love em all!
Regards,
Gary

  

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mfphoto1 Registered since 29th Oct 2005Fri 09-Nov-12 11:21 AM
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Cincinnati, US
          

I think they are all fantastic. #2 is the one that I keep coming back to. It's the one I would want a print of.

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Fantastic series. I love them all, but I think #3 is my favorite. I think you handled the exposure just right.

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Skattelite Silver Member Nikonian since 17th May 2006Fri 09-Nov-12 08:48 PM
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Perth, AU
          

Thanks Gary, mfphoto and Claudia.

Number 3 is taken at about 9pm looking straight out over the Indian ocean, which is the dark line section on the western horizon. So I guess this might be called a 'Milky Way Rise'? Obviously the milky Way rotates and the first two images were taken later - around 2pm and it was high in the sky by then and no where near as dramatic, as you can see in the images.

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Marietta, US
          

Wonderful images Scott. Exposure and focus look right on the money.

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tekneektom Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Nov 2011Fri 09-Nov-12 02:27 PM
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Land O Lakes, US
          

Scott,

Wonderful images! I like the contrast between the dunes and the heavens. And, I especially like the contrast in the dunes. Well done.

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Milwaukee, US
          

Very nice.....these type of images are so wonderful..you did them exceptionally well!

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Skattelite Silver Member Nikonian since 17th May 2006Fri 09-Nov-12 08:50 PM
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Perth, AU
          

Thanks Charlie, Tom and JD.

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Terrific shots Scott. I've suffered many a stiff neck from staring at the night sky in Western Australia. It's truly amazing. You've done well to capture it....Scotty.

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Skattelite Silver Member Nikonian since 17th May 2006Fri 09-Nov-12 09:03 PM
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Perth, AU
          

Cheers Scotty.

Yeah, I gess you don't really need to travel too far in WA and you are already far from the madding crowd, and because towns are so scarce and spread out there really isn't much ambient light effecting your view of the stars. When it's like this you almost feel as though the Universe is pressing down upon you - it's a very strange sensation. We tend to think of the sky as a black vaccuum, but here it positively bristles with stars.
I guess it's no accident that they decided to put that massive Square Kilometer Array radio telescope in this part of the world.

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Western PA, US
          

Excellent capture Scott! I prefer #2 because of the wonderful diagonal lines and tones in the sand and the tiny bit of orange color on the horizon.

I would recommend cropping a touch off the top which would help balance it out a bit more. I think your settings were right on.

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Skattelite Silver Member Nikonian since 17th May 2006Fri 09-Nov-12 09:04 PM
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Perth, AU
          

Thanks Dan, You are probably right about the crop.I'll try it.

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Love the photos. I feel like an astronaut standing on the moon.

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The first one is outstanding

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Dongara, AU
          

Hi Scott,

Lovely photos, I cant say much more than what has been already said,a good set of hangers.10 out of 10 from me.
Nice place WA hey!

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Skattelite Silver Member Nikonian since 17th May 2006Sat 10-Nov-12 11:29 AM
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Perth, AU
          

Thanks Glen.

Y'know, I've been a Nikonian since 2006 and I often look at my North American contempories here with a fair degree of envy because I think THEY have such an amazing country they get to photograph on a regular basis. W.A is such a harsh, barren landscape by comparison. But you have to work with what you have, and it's that aspect of this place that makes such good subject matter if you can work it.
You must have some great scenery up around Dongara.

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Tistrup, DK
          

Hi Scott,

Wonderful photos where the first and the second are my favourites.

You did a good job with your light painting and I think the shadows on the dunes gives a good contrast to the white.

Thanks for sharing.

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Rolling Hills, US
          

Very cool Scott.

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Regensburg, DE
          

Wow, very impressive shots! My favorite is the third photo. Well done!


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Quincy, US
          

Very nice shots. #2 has a composition that draws the eye nicely into the photo.
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Phoenix, US
          

All three are stunning, Scott. Beautiful beyond words.

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