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#1 Kerry Gordon

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 05:28 PM

Happy holidays everyone!

Here’s an image that I finally got around to from last summer.  This was a very complex one to process.  For the night sky, I began with 19 images including 3 black frames and, after some minor adjustments in Lr ran them through a program called Starry Landscape Stacker.  It did a super job of lining everything up and reducing the noise inherent to low light, high ISO photography, to almost nothing.  Prior to shooting the night sky I used the same tripod set up and shot the exact same scene about a half hour after sunset.  My intention was to use that shot as a sort of day-for-night image.  So, now I have the two images – my noise reduced night sky image and my day-for-night image – which I exported to Ps and blended the two.  After I completed the blend, which was challenging because of the tree on the right side of the frame and the light bleed issues it presented, I worked on the whole thing the same way I would a single exposure.  The biggest challenge was getting the right tonal balance between the sky and the foreground so that the foreground didn’t look like a giant floodlight had been aimed at it.  And this is the result – for the time being anyway ;).

EXIF for those that care about such things.  Shot with Fujifilm X-T1, Samyang 12 mm.  Night sky: ISO 3200, 12 mm, 15 sec, f/2, focused to infinity.  Day-for-night: ISO 400, 12mm, 2 sec, f/16.

 

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 07:03 PM

My opinion...it's a truly great shot, would be hanging on my wall!  The only thing...the trails of the reflected stars in the water and a to a lesser degree a little trailing in the sky, great work Kerry!



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 04:02 AM

While I have little to no appreciation of the effort you put into the PP processes, that does not inhibit me from enjoying the end product, a work of ART indeed Kerry. I too wondered about the reflected stars being slightly mis-shaped in their outline though I put that down to movement in the water as opposed to any kind of shake...?  I do like slightly dark images that draw me in to look for detail, I do wonder if on average folk might prefer just a tad more detail in the land...

Bet it looks soooo much nicer on your "new" 27" Retina than on my old matte screen lap top..(-: 

 

Thanks for sharing Kerry.



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 10:03 AM

Beautiful work, Kerry.

The star reflections are a lovely touch.



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 10:37 AM

Great job Kerry, I picked up a Samyang Lens myself, but the weather has not been cooperating with me, I'm surprised that the star trails look so prominent on a 15 sec exposure. Did you use any programs to locate the milky way?



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 11:53 AM

I'm not sure what you all are

 

My opinion...it's a truly great shot, would be hanging on my wall!  The only thing...the trails of the reflected stars in the water and a to a lesser degree a little trailing in the sky, great work Kerry!

Thanks Doug.  However, at 15 seconds exposure, what you're seeing is not star trailing.  On the water the north/south lengthening is due to the water.  What you're seeing in the sky would have to do with less than perfect focus on my part.

 

Beautiful work, Kerry.

The star reflections are a lovely touch.

Thanks, Rod.

 

While I have little to no appreciation of the effort you put into the PP processes, that does not inhibit me from enjoying the end product, a work of ART indeed Kerry. I too wondered about the reflected stars being slightly mis-shaped in their outline though I put that down to movement in the water as opposed to any kind of shake...?  I do like slightly dark images that draw me in to look for detail, I do wonder if on average folk might prefer just a tad more detail in the land...

Bet it looks soooo much nicer on your "new" 27" Retina than on my old matte screen lap top..(-: 

 

Thanks for sharing Kerry.

Thanks Geedee.  The misshapen stars in the water are due to the water itself as you surmised.  As for the darkness of the image, I'm intent on printing my best images.  This may be the first one that I'd consider doing it for.  Eventually I will have to get myself a printer but probably not until next year (i.e., in 12 months not two days!)  Images like this one don't look great on an iPhone or Instagram but that's not how I want them to be seen in any case.  It does look good on my iMac but everyone tells me that there is nothing that compares to a printed image.

 

Great job Kerry, I picked up a Samyang Lens myself, but the weather has not been cooperating with me, I'm surprised that the star trails look so prominent on a 15 sec exposure. Did you use any programs to locate the milky way?

Thanks Jaime.  The Samyang lens really is a treat.  In fact I like it so much that I've decided to sell my Fujinon 14mm as it isn't doing much more than gathering dust now that I have the Samyang.  As I mentioned to Doug, at 15 sec whatever you're seeing isn't star trails but rather less than perfect focusing.  I use Stellarium.  Photopills is an incredible app, which can actually allow you to virtually set up the shot.  However, it can only be used as a phone app and where I do most of my shooting, phone apps wouldn't function since there is no WiFi connection.  However, the Milky Way, at any given time of year, is pretty predictable on a night by night, hour by hour basis so it wasn't too difficult to get this shot set up more or less as I planned.



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 12:04 PM

Beautiful image Kerry! Quite the process, and one that worked out great. I hope one day to take a nice Milky Way image. This is inspirational for sure.

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 12:51 PM

I will be interested in your thinking when you get round to printing your image Kerry, I suspect it might be well worth trying to get it done professionally given the choice of media on which to print it.... of course you could just buy another 27" iMac, wall mount it and have the image permanently displayed on the screen ...(-:



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 01:23 PM

I will be interested in your thinking when you get round to printing your image Kerry, I suspect it might be well worth trying to get it done professionally given the choice of media on which to print it.... of course you could just buy another 27" iMac, wall mount it and have the image permanently displayed on the screen ...(-:

It just gives me a chance to do more research, which, I confess, I love doing.  So far it appears that home printing has come a long way in the past few years and a professional or prosumer set up by Canon or Epson comes in at around $7 - $800.  Of course there is also ink but I don't expect I'll ever be rolling them off the line so, unless I suddenly become the craze, I don't expect the cost of ink will eat me up.  However, I do like the idea of having control over printing - colour, colour saturation and the like - as well as choosing paper to suit the image.  But we'll see.  For now I just want to keep improving at capturing and processing images.


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 05:42 PM

Amazing work Kerry.  The end result is absolutely beautiful. 



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 06:13 PM

Beautiful Kerry; I admire your dedication.  How long does it take you to edit?  However long it takes, the results are gorgeous.  Congrats on a beautiful image!


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:28 PM

Amazing work Kerry.  The end result is absolutely beautiful. 

Thanks David.

 

Beautiful Kerry; I admire your dedication.  How long does it take you to edit?  However long it takes, the results are gorgeous.  Congrats on a beautiful image!

Thanks Jonny.  This one took a long time - probably five, six hours, maybe more - the bulk of which was in the blending.  That tree over on the right is tricky because of the light bleed issue in blending and I had to try a lot of things to get it come out the way I wanted.  But I love processing almost as much as being out in the field.  To me it is the most creative part - taking a raw image and bringing it to life is almost like painting.


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 07:42 AM

Wow. I agree with the above. Print and hang. It has a professional look. Well done,



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 10:39 AM

Wow. I agree with the above. Print and hang. It has a professional look. Well done,

Thanks for your very kind words, John.  As I said earlier, printing my be the next frontier for me and this one may be a good place to start.



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Posted 07 January 2018 - 12:06 PM

Lots of work, but produced a great image in the end!


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 11:04 AM

Fantastic! Simply fantastic! The reflections of the stars in the water is a great touch.

 

In awe!



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 11:25 AM

Lots of work, but produced a great image in the end!

Thanks Peter.

 

Fantastic! Simply fantastic! The reflections of the stars in the water is a great touch.

 

In awe!

Thanks so much.






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