Old Faithful under Milkyway

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Registered: Mar 13, 2004
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This is my first attempt at photographing milky-way. I wish I had a wide angle F2.8 lens but I think 16-35 F/4 did ok.
Any tips on PP milky-way images are greatly appreciated.


Registered: Jul 07, 2005
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This is an excellent photo. The water even bends the saw way as the milkyway, excellent composition


Registered: Jul 20, 2011
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You nailed it - wonderful.
It is a matter of taste, but I would try to adjust the color balance of the sky just a bit for some blue. Not sure what the d800 looks like for noise at 6400, would be interested in what Jim's experience is.

Registered: May 13, 2009
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Wow Harsha, killed it buddy


Registered: Jan 11, 2005
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Hey Harsha,

What a sweet shot! I took a similar shot 2 years ago, it's a fun shoot. What is your question about how to process this shot?

As to David's question, the D800 does great at ISO 6400, but the key, like with all star shots is to not to underexpose it too much. Its with the underexposing that noise comes in, so being sure to bump the iso up as needed, like in this case, will help give star shots with minimal noise. The other thing I do is I process the the star shots in ACR, I have found that ACR does a better job with eliminating color noise in dark star shots than Capture NX2 does.


Registered: Dec 14, 2009
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Nice shot. Love the curves.


Registered: Sep 21, 2006
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Very cool.

Registered: Feb 19, 2008
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Very sweet shot.

Registered: Dec 14, 2004
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cool :-)

Registered: Jul 08, 2008
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What a unique take on 2 very photographed subjects, very nice.


Jude Perera
Registered: Jan 10, 2007
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Lovely capture Harsha.


Hikin Mike
Registered: Apr 30, 2009
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Great job!

Charlie Shugart
Registered: Feb 06, 2007
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Oh, WOW!
Harsha, this is an outstanding image by any measure.
A real triumph.

Scott Stoness
Registered: Sep 11, 2006
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Great job. This kind of shot requires lots of planning and execution and persistence to achieve luck. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing. Scott

John Richter
Registered: May 10, 2007
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Wonderful shot here, Harsha. Makes me want to visit there again. Maybe go to the cooler side to put in a hint of blue to your great night sky. Very nicely done.


Wayne Willison
Registered: Mar 10, 2007
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Wonderful imagte. Just the right amount of light on the ground as well.


Rob Tillyer
Registered: Nov 17, 2007
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Super image Harsha.


Fred Miranda
Registered: Dec 31, 2001
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The bright and intriguing foreground leads the eye to this incredible Milky Way image.
Just wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Registered: Aug 20, 2008
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very cool!

Registered: Nov 30, 2005
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Country: United Kingdom

splendid...awesome even!!

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