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This is the White Dome Geyser in Yellowstone. It's right next to the Great Fountain Geyser. Once the moon came up and lit up the area I stopped shooting at the Great Fountain and went to leave. The road goes by White Dome Geyser and the large bright moon was really lighting it up, so even though it was around 2am or so, I decided to stop and shoot.

Now this one is cool because it can errupt every 12 to 24 mins. I shot it for almost an hour worth of shots, doing 30 second long shots with the remote release locked in. In the end, I took 25 minutes of shots and stacked them in Startrails, a free PC program that stacks very nicely. I chose a period where White Dome was just errupting and then at the end where it was just finishing towards the end of the 25mins. When I stacked the whole almost an hour worth of star shots, the geyser actually just blended away with the stacking, only a wisp of steam left. With this one, the only images used are the stacked ones, I didn't add a composite of the geyser afterwards. Now I did use a layer mask so that I could adjust the ground separately from the sky and stars. With the moon sooo bright, I actually had to pull back on the exposure from the ground layer quite a bit, otherwise it was actually lit like it was bright daylight, not like it was a night shot.

All thoughts and comments welcome.

Jim







Jul 29, 2013 at 08:23 AM
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Far out - even for a night owl. Great work Jimmy.


Jul 29, 2013 at 01:04 PM
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NIcely done Jim. I like the fact that you pulled back the foregound to make it blend better. I took some star trails in JTNP at Arch Rock on the night of the Super Moon, and it too turned out like it was taken in bright day light. You did a nice job of blending.


Jul 29, 2013 at 01:50 PM
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Hey Jim,

Sure looks like you made the right decision to stop and shoot. I like the result. It keeps me staring. What I can't decide on is whether the foreground exposure is enough or not. Guess I'll keep staring

In the mean time, how about a rendition with a darker ground exposure for comparison?

Matt



Jul 29, 2013 at 02:29 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · White Dome Geyser Star Trails


Outstanding shot Jim! Very well seen and executed.


Jul 29, 2013 at 02:30 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · White Dome Geyser Star Trails


Just a great shot. Unique composition.


Jul 29, 2013 at 03:14 PM
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Awesome shot, Jim! I really love how you captured the geyser erupting in addition to the star trails in the sky. You brought the elements together very nicely.

-Nick



Jul 29, 2013 at 03:20 PM
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Amazing Jim, a wall hanger


Jul 29, 2013 at 03:25 PM
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Jim, Very cool you ended up with a real winner here. Regards,
Dean



Jul 29, 2013 at 04:09 PM
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Really cool shot Jim. I always enjoy viewing night astro stuff, but I rarely get a chance to do it myself. Just curious what are you doing while you wait? Or do you have another camera setup to shoot other things?


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Wonderful! A great scene, nicely seen. Fine job on the PP. Get some big wall space ready.


Jul 29, 2013 at 05:16 PM
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Henry W wrote:
Far out - even for a night owl. Great work Jimmy.


Thanks Henry! You know me, I love shooting in the stillness of the night.

Jim



Jul 29, 2013 at 05:39 PM
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Jim, this is an outstanding image.
Great visualization, great execution, perfect processing

By the way, I am getting a strong feeling that you may be a complete wild man
Roaming through our National Parks ALL night creating these fantastic images.
Never sleeping, only eating the poor animals that have the misfortune to wander across your path at 3am while all other humans in the park are safe and warm in their sleeping bags

Bob



Jul 29, 2013 at 05:40 PM
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Jim Bau wrote:
NIcely done Jim. I like the fact that you pulled back the foregound to make it blend better. I took some star trails in JTNP at Arch Rock on the night of the Super Moon, and it too turned out like it was taken in bright day light. You did a nice job of blending.


Thanks so much Jim. Yeah, it's amazing how the moon can so easily make a scene actually look like it's daytime instead of nighttime!

Jim



Jul 29, 2013 at 05:40 PM
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schlotz wrote:
Hey Jim,

Sure looks like you made the right decision to stop and shoot. I like the result. It keeps me staring. What I can't decide on is whether the foreground exposure is enough or not. Guess I'll keep staring

In the mean time, how about a rendition with a darker ground exposure for comparison?

Matt


Hey Matt,

Thanks so much! I appreciate the thoughts. Certainly I could make the foreground a bit darker. Since it was lit up with the moon so brightly though, I did want to try and stay true to the amount of light was there. I might play with darking the light a bit more after I have let this one sit and settle in my brain for a while... sometimes we just need to sit back and digest the shot as you suggest...

Jim



Jul 29, 2013 at 05:43 PM
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Wow Jim, this shot is killer!


Jul 29, 2013 at 05:57 PM
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Wow. amazing shot Jim. I should try my hand on star stacking. I like the composition of the foreground lines, really pulls you into the geyser. I think what really makes this shot is the venting of the geyser. The trails are cool but that wisps of water makes it shine.

Jason



Jul 29, 2013 at 05:59 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · White Dome Geyser Star Trails


Very cool shot, Jim. it's great to see folks shooting night shots...

Eric



Jul 29, 2013 at 06:01 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · White Dome Geyser Star Trails


Awesome star trails shot. Really like this composition.


Jul 29, 2013 at 07:36 PM
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Great shot Jim..

-Leon



Jul 29, 2013 at 07:45 PM
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