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Aug 28, 2016 22:02 |  #3406

Thanks everyone.

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Out of this world beautiful.

Now what if you went to NZ and got with NCHANT ???
The two great Milky Way photographers in the world working the stars.
Something to think about.

Man I wish, New Zealand is definitely on the bucket list, some of the best night skies on the planet for sure. One of these days I'll have some money and time to travel down there, definitely would be a pleasure to shoot with Mr. Mack.


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Aug 29, 2016 16:12 |  #3407

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Thanks everyone.

Man I wish, New Zealand is definitely on the bucket list, some of the best night skies on the planet for sure. One of these days I'll have some money and time to travel down there, definitely would be a pleasure to shoot with Mr. Mack.

You guys would love it down here! Dark skies are so easy to get to :)


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Aug 29, 2016 16:18 |  #3408

Visited Yosemite National Park this weekend. I always wanted to take a photograph like this. :)


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Aug 29, 2016 17:45 |  #3409

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Visited Yosemite National Park this weekend. I always wanted to take a photograph like this. :)
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Too bad that ugly Lexus is in the way  :p


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Aug 30, 2016 00:21 |  #3410

Another try :)


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Aug 30, 2016 07:25 |  #3411

Recent shot I took of the night sky in Moravia, where part of the Milky Way is visible. Red light on the trees provide by fire. Any idea how to de-blur those edges? Changes to settings?


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Aug 30, 2016 17:54 as a reply to  @ NCHANT's post |  #3412

My brother still has a house on the north Island, I was going to visit but he decided to move to Wyoming for now. New Zealand has lots of great scenery besides the dark skies so I always wanted to go.




  
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Aug 30, 2016 18:44 |  #3413

I went out to the mountains in western North Carolina this past weekend, and finally had a couple of nights in fairly dark conditions. This was only the second time I've been able to shoot the Milky Way.

This was literally shot on the side of the highway - Route 28 heading towards Fontana, NC. There was a parking area overlooking a valley, and turning around, I saw the Milky Way over the hill.

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The next night, I was up on Cherohala Skyway, which runs through the mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee.

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A question for those who have shot panoramas of the MW...do you stitch them together manually, or do you use Photoshop or other software? I tried a pano, 12 shots worth, and let PS combine them. This is what I ended up with, I know it's not supposed to have two "tails" on the right side, not sure what what happened there.

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Aug 30, 2016 21:14 as a reply to  @ moose135's post |  #3414

davidmtml wrote in post #18111988 (external link)
A question for those who have shot panoramas of the MW...do you stitch them together manually, or do you use Photoshop or other software? I tried a pano, 12 shots worth, and let PS combine them. This is what I ended up with, I know it's not supposed to have two "tails" on the right side, not sure what what happened there.

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I do 95% of my panoramas in Lightroom, since the newer versions can create a pano that is still a RAW image. If Lightroom can't stitch it correctly though, I use Microsoft ICE! http://research.micros​oft.com …/um/redmond/pro​jects/ice/ (external link)

It's completely free, and seriously has never mis-stitched(?) an image for me!




  
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Aug 30, 2016 21:31 as a reply to  @ davidmtml's post |  #3415

Thanks, David! I'll check out ICE.


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Aug 30, 2016 22:44 |  #3416

Well, it took about two minutes to download ICE, and maybe 5 minutes, if that, to create a panorama with it. I still need to work on this stuff, but ICE looks like a great way to create panos. Thanks again!

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Aug 30, 2016 22:49 |  #3417

ICE is definitely a good free program for Milky Way stitching, you'll get better results if you load up your shots and correct the vignetting, dark levels, add some contrast and sharpening, and try to match the histograms from shot to shot, then export each shot as a 16-bit tiff and stitch with ICE.

I've long wanted to try out tilt shift for nightscape photography, but tilt shift lenses are really damn expensive and aren't great for low light photography generally. So I decided to give the effect a try through post processing on the last Milky Way shot I took since it looks down on to a meadow with lots of trees and campers and stuff. Kind of an interesting effect.

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Aug 30, 2016 23:10 |  #3418

pdxbenedetti wrote in post #18112068 (external link)
ICE is definitely a good free program for Milky Way stitching, you'll get better results if you load up your shots and correct the vignetting, dark levels, add some contrast and sharpening, and try to match the histograms from shot to shot, then export each shot as a 16-bit tiff and stitch with ICE.

Thanks, Eric! As I said, I just took a quick look at ICE, I'll need to spend some time with it and get to learn it.


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Aug 30, 2016 23:50 |  #3419

Just a couple to say I did it.


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Aug 31, 2016 02:27 |  #3420

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Just a couple to say I did it.


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Absolutely gorgeous. I already follow you on FB. Love your work!


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