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Some background: I spent months planning this trip (and this shot!) and everything was ready for us to go: tickets? check! rifugios? check! camera? check check!

Then at the last moment I checked Google and? Disaster. It looks like it will rain the entire week in the alps. I was devastated and even considered leaving everything we booked so far to go to Norway instead.

I am glad we didn't because it was a fantastic holiday and on of the most productive holidays photographic and hiking wise me and my wife ever took.

Italy is one of my favourite countries because of food, language and also the views. And what views they are.

Anyway, enough of me blabbing but I got real excited because I got the shot I wanted.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Countries/Italy/i-ntkTH8S/0/fd276d27/X2/_DSC8853-1%20copy%20copy-X2.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/BlackAndWhite/Landscape/i-9pL6Qw4/0/dc302561/XL/_DSC8869-Pano-1-Edit-XL.jpg



Nov 29, 2018 at 09:51 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Pointing to the Stars (Italy)


It's great the trip worked out as you hoped. Your excitement is well earned as clearly you've accomplished a fantastic image.
-Chris



Nov 29, 2018 at 10:26 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Pointing to the Stars (Italy)


That is a superb image (I prefer color). BTW, I almost never make or change plans based on what the weather dummies predict.


Nov 29, 2018 at 03:48 PM
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Absolutely stunning shot.

Birdie



Nov 29, 2018 at 04:55 PM
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The color version is nice!


Nov 29, 2018 at 05:12 PM
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As an overall image, I like it, even though it seems quite unrealistic to me.


Nov 29, 2018 at 05:13 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Pointing to the Stars (Italy)


Oh yea, beautiful shot. I'd say your planning paid off in spades.


Nov 30, 2018 at 06:51 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Pointing to the Stars (Italy)


Fantastic composition!! Unrealistic? Beautiful!!
Dan

Edited on Dec 02, 2018 at 01:14 PM · View previous versions



Nov 30, 2018 at 08:49 AM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Fantastic composition!! Unrealistic? Beautiful!!
Dan


You cannot see the Milkyway, or any stars for that matter, when the Sun is nearly on the horizon. I'm assuming this is a time blend composite. Even the mountains and hills appear to be painted in Sun light. I suppose it could be light pollution, but I don't think it is. As I said, I like the image for what it is though.



Nov 30, 2018 at 09:43 AM
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cseelye wrote:
It's great the trip worked out as you hoped. Your excitement is well earned as clearly you've accomplished a fantastic image.
-Chris


That is very kind of you. Thank you.

And yes, I loved the trip. Gonna be doing something similar to it again next year but next time more towards Slovenia.



Dec 01, 2018 at 01:09 AM
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stanparker wrote:
That is a superb image (I prefer color). BTW, I almost never make or change plans based on what the weather dummies predict.


Thank you for the kind words.

True. Whenever I travel I am usually with a car rented and I can, usually, sleep anywhere but this time we would be only stuck up in the alps going from cabin to cabin. My fear was hiking hours through the rain to the next spot just to be greeted with... more rain.



Dec 01, 2018 at 01:10 AM
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birdied wrote:
Absolutely stunning shot.

Birdie


Thanks. Much appreciated.



Dec 01, 2018 at 01:11 AM
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EGrav wrote:
The color version is nice!


I am happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting.



Dec 01, 2018 at 01:12 AM
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01Ryan10 wrote:
As an overall image, I like it, even though it seems quite unrealistic to me.


Thanks Ryan. And that is okay too.



Dec 01, 2018 at 01:12 AM
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JimKied wrote:
Oh yea, beautiful shot. I'd say your planning paid off in spades.


Thank you for your words. I have to say it really did. I am still learning but I see that spending more and more time learning how to plan is the way to go.



Dec 01, 2018 at 01:13 AM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Fantastic composition!! Unrealistic? Beautiful!!
Dan


Oh, thank you very much. The place is indeed fantastic (and the rifugio's food was excelent to top it off ).



Dec 01, 2018 at 01:14 AM
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01Ryan10 wrote:
You cannot see the Milkyway, or any stars for that matter, when the Sun is nearly on the horizon. I'm assuming this is a time blend composite. Even the mountains and hills appear to be painted in Sun light. I suppose it could be light pollution, but I don't think it is. As I said, I like the image for what it is though.


Nope, not a composite. Or at least not one from when the sun was up.

At this time of the year the Milkyway was at this point 1-2 hours after the sun was set. The colours you are seeing is the light pollution of the nearby city bumping against the clouds.

The foregroud was a shot I took, don't remember the exact number, but lets say 2-3 minutes. The moon was behind me so it was lighting the foreground a bit.

What I did was stacking some MW shots, 2-3 mins for the foreground, warmed up image a bit and added tint and that is more or less it.



Dec 01, 2018 at 01:18 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Pointing to the Stars (Italy)


very nice.. the colour version is my favourite


Dec 01, 2018 at 01:32 AM
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rhawidantas wrote:
Nope, not a composite. Or at least not one from when the sun was up.

At this time of the year the Milkyway was at this point 1-2 hours after the sun was set. The colours you are seeing is the light pollution of the nearby city bumping against the clouds.

The foregroud was a shot I took, don't remember the exact number, but lets say 2-3 minutes. The moon was behind me so it was lighting the foreground a bit.

What I did was stacking some MW shots, 2-3 mins for the foreground, warmed up image a bit and added tint
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Well...there you have it. insert foot in mouth me.



Dec 01, 2018 at 08:10 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Pointing to the Stars (Italy)


Fabulous, I'm really envious as its on my list to do exactly this.

This is on my list. Have you got any tips you can share? Whats the acess like?

J.




Dec 01, 2018 at 11:38 AM
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