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Jul 29, 2017 13:06 |  #3781

Wasn't really setup for astro on my vacation to the beach, but we had a break in the clouds as they kept rolling in and it was spectacular to the naked eye so I had to rush to get this one. I think it turned out pretty decent given the ambient light of the houses and pier lights. Single 30sec shot.

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Jul 29, 2017 15:10 |  #3782

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I haven't had much success with the content aware fill, more often than not it fills in the blurred trees with sky that doesn't match well with the local background sky and just looks funny when the sky is mask/blended with the sharp foreground shot. I've had more lucky with slightly scaling the sky once the blurry trees are aligned with the sharp trees, then warping a little more, then clone stamping out the remaining blurry edges that are visible. It's an insanely tedious process no matter what.

I have had mixed success too initially but tried a couple of different techniques with a degree of success.. one method was to cut the offending section out then loosely lasso round the cut out section before filling... seems to work a little better matching the surrounding area when there is less 'noise' to deal with..

I have as yet not used my tracker for a milkyway pic... weather is always bad when I have time and plausible when I don't :(

Going to make an effort to plan a few shots and see how it goes... sadly there are nothing but trees where I live lol

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Jul 30, 2017 10:51 |  #3783


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Jul 30, 2017 13:11 |  #3784

Finally got to go back under the stars!

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Jul 30, 2017 13:38 |  #3785

tuffty wrote in post #18414210 (external link)
I have had mixed success too initially but tried a couple of different techniques with a degree of success.. one method was to cut the offending section out then loosely lasso round the cut out section before filling... seems to work a little better matching the surrounding area when there is less 'noise' to deal with..

I have as yet not used my tracker for a milkyway pic... weather is always bad when I have time and plausible when I don't :(

Going to make an effort to plan a few shots and see how it goes... sadly there are nothing but trees where I live lol

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I hadn't thought of trying it that way, I'll have to give it a go, thanks for the tip!

This time of year is tough out here in the west with the monsoonal moisture coming up from Mexico, makes the weather incredibly unpredictable, I've only been able to get out and have partially clear nights twice in the last month and half. Definitely frustrating stuff. Having to put off a bunch of compositions I planned earlier in the year because the core doesn't align properly anymore, all well, nature of the beast I guess.

Ended up getting a clear night on Friday night so I got a few shots after the moon set with the core in a vertical alignment over this worn down, graffitid up bus out in the western desert of Utah:

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Plus some zen action:

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Jul 30, 2017 16:23 |  #3786

Sunrise at Rainbow Beach, with the Pleiades, Venus and Orion dominating the skies.

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Jul 31, 2017 07:49 |  #3788

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Jul 31, 2017 08:01 |  #3789

I like the color balance you have in this one better Clyde!


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Jul 31, 2017 08:30 |  #3790

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I like the color balance you have in this one better Clyde!

Thanks Travis!


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Aug 01, 2017 03:13 |  #3791

Not a milky way shot, but had a mean halo around the moon over my house tonight.

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Aug 01, 2017 05:50 |  #3792

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Not a milky way shot, but had a mean halo around the moon over my house tonight.

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[ABOVE image] Taken with the EOS 6D + EF 24mm f/1.4L USM II lens and a 77mm NiSi Natural Night Filter.

We've had some cold but VERY clear skies here in Sydney (Australia) this last week. I took the opportunity to drive to my favorite lookout - which is situated 1,625 feet above sea level... high enough to be above a good portion of the city smog. In fact you can see the haze layer way down below whenever you visit this spot, even at night. I took a picture of the camera I was using while waiting for the sky to darken enough to see the Milky Way. Right now (July), the Galactic Core of the Milky Way is directly overhead at around 8pm and the sun sets at around 5pm. The lilac-tint on the first image is from using a 77mm NiSi Natural Night Filter - which was designed to filter out the yellow hues from Sodium Street Lights at night. Whilst it makes for amazing skies, I did not use this filter for the Milky Way shot from the EOS-M6 camera because I need a step-down filter ring for mounting it to the much smaller lens.

I took the second image (of the core of the Milky Way... see below) with the relatively tiny Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless camera... and whilst I had an array of lenses to chose from, I opted to use the very inexpensive EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM lens. This lens was selling for just $99 in the United States at one point... but demand and newer EOS-M camera releases have driven the price back to it's RRP of around $199... which is still pretty awesome. I had to tease out some of the finer details during editing, but the results were surprisingly good. I chose a Tungsten WB because I've found that it seems to enhance the nebulous-red areas of the star-forming regions of the Milky Way. No filter used. Color-sampling from the captured image enabled me to enhance the colors slightly. I took the liberty of adding some diffraction spikes to Saturn - which was crossing the Milky Way at the time (see the bright blue "star" near the darkest dustlane). I took both of these images in RAW for a change. This is also the first time I've used RAW since 2004.

DETAILS: Single RAW exposure at 22mm @ f/2.2 @ 20 seconds @ ISO 2000. 2-second built-in self timer used.


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Aug 01, 2017 07:23 |  #3794

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[ABOVE image] Taken with the EOS 6D + EF 24mm f/1.4L USM II lens and a 77mm NiSi Natural Night Filter.

We've had some cold but VERY clear skies here in Sydney (Australia) this last week. I took the opportunity to drive to my favorite lookout - which is situated 1,625 feet above sea level... high enough to be above a good portion of the city smog. In fact you can see the haze layer way down below whenever you visit this spot, even at night. I took a picture of the camera I was using while waiting for the sky to darken enough to see the Milky Way. Right now (July), the Galactic Core of the Milky Way is directly overhead at around 8pm and the sun sets at around 5pm. The lilac-tint on the first image is from using a 77mm NiSi Natural Night Filter - which was designed to filter out the yellow hues from Sodium Street Lights at night. Whilst it makes for amazing skies, I did not use this filter for the Milky Way shot from the EOS-M6 camera because I need a step-down filter ring for mounting it to the much smaller lens.

I took the second image (of the core of the Milky Way... see below) with the relatively tiny Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless camera... and whilst I had an array of lenses to chose from, I opted to use the very inexpensive EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM lens. This lens was selling for just $99 in the United States at one point... but demand and newer EOS-M camera releases have driven the price back to it's RRP of around $199... which is still pretty awesome. I had to tease out some of the finer details during editing, but the results were surprisingly good. I chose a Tungsten WB because I've found that it seems to enhance the nebulous-red areas of the star-forming regions of the Milky Way. No filter used. Color-sampling from the captured image enabled me to enhance the colors slightly. I took the liberty of adding some diffraction spikes to Saturn - which was crossing the Milky Way at the time (see the bright blue "star" near the darkest dustlane). I took both of these images in RAW for a change. This is also the first time I've used RAW since 2004.

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[ABOVE image] The resulting image taken with the EOS M6 Mirrorless camera + EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM lens

I really like this one!




  
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[ABOVE image] Taken with the EOS 6D + EF 24mm f/1.4L USM II lens and a 77mm NiSi Natural Night Filter.

We've had some cold but VERY clear skies here in Sydney (Australia) this last week. I took the opportunity to drive to my favorite lookout - which is situated 1,625 feet above sea level... high enough to be above a good portion of the city smog. In fact you can see the haze layer way down below whenever you visit this spot, even at night. I took a picture of the camera I was using while waiting for the sky to darken enough to see the Milky Way. Right now (July), the Galactic Core of the Milky Way is directly overhead at around 8pm and the sun sets at around 5pm. The lilac-tint on the first image is from using a 77mm NiSi Natural Night Filter - which was designed to filter out the yellow hues from Sodium Street Lights at night. Whilst it makes for amazing skies, I did not use this filter for the Milky Way shot from the EOS-M6 camera because I need a step-down filter ring for mounting it to the much smaller lens.

I took the second image (of the core of the Milky Way... see below) with the relatively tiny Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless camera... and whilst I had an array of lenses to chose from, I opted to use the very inexpensive EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM lens. This lens was selling for just $99 in the United States at one point... but demand and newer EOS-M camera releases have driven the price back to it's RRP of around $199... which is still pretty awesome. I had to tease out some of the finer details during editing, but the results were surprisingly good. I chose a Tungsten WB because I've found that it seems to enhance the nebulous-red areas of the star-forming regions of the Milky Way. No filter used. Color-sampling from the captured image enabled me to enhance the colors slightly. I took the liberty of adding some diffraction spikes to Saturn - which was crossing the Milky Way at the time (see the bright blue "star" near the darkest dustlane). I took both of these images in RAW for a change. This is also the first time I've used RAW since 2004.

DETAILS: Single RAW exposure at 22mm @ f/2.2 @ 20 seconds @ ISO 2000. 2-second built-in self timer used.

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[ABOVE image] The resulting image taken with the EOS M6 Mirrorless camera + EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM lens

Really impressive image result from the EOS M.

A couple of questions for you...

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Have you had the chance to use the Nisi filter for shooting the MW yet? I have the Lonely Speck Pure night, and am not 100% sold on it. It seems like it just puts a really strong color cast on the image, and then when I edit the image, it ends up with some of the yellow back in it that was originally taken out.

2:
How do you pull those dust lane details out of that image, that is awesome.


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