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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayaker72 View Post
    ... If anyone has some tips/critiques, please feel free to pass them along. In particular, with #4, I was hoping to get more of the milky way. Usually, the camera can see more than I can. With #4, the milky way was actually more obvious to the naked eye.

    Thanks for viewing....Brant
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    There are others that visit this site that know more than I, but here are my two cents (and probably not worth that much). And my comments are based on taking a single shot... I have not gotten around to stacking yet.

    The 15 second exposure is correct for 35mm focal length to keep from getting star trails or elongated stars, but the exposure is not enough for the light. If you use your 14mm wide open, then the reality is the max shutter speed could then be 36 seconds but you would loose a stop and a third in aperture. So in the end you have the same exposure. This leaves you with pushing the ISO a little higher and finishing off getting the exposure in PP. Your ISO was 2000... try 3200. In LR post processing you can move the highlights, lights, shadows, darks, etc. to see what enhances the best. Then try clarity and contrast to see what works there. Then try the color levels adjustments... in particular the blue intensity slider (many times it needs reduced). By now the noise can get ugly if you sharpen. Try sharpening with a mask (in LR, push and hold the ALT key while moving the "Masking" slider... only the white areas get sharpening). By using masking you would sharpen only the details and not the dark sky areas which makes noise reduction far more effective.

    Keep an eye on your histogram. Especially in the field. Keep trying to move it to the right as much as possible... at least push it into the right half as much as possible. This is real important because at night the preview when looking at the back of the camera is always misleading (it always lies at night). Also, you must cover your eye piece when exposing.

    I hope some of it is useful.

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    Thanks everyone for the links and tips. I'll give them a try on my next attempt.

    EDIT...again thanks for the links. I had a couple PM'd to me that I thought I'd include in case someone else is attempting to shoot the milkyway....

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/es...tography.shtml

    http://nightskyinfocus.com/astrophot...pturemilkyway/
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    What ...no Post your Pet thread anymore!?

    Well, I did that this about a week or so ago, so this will work!


    Buddy Enjoying the Weather by Denise Trocio (D Trocio Photography), on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddt0725 View Post
    What ...no Post your Pet thread anymore!?
    Denise, the Post your Pet thread is still there, but it's right at the top of the second page now.

    I took this one yesterday evening, from my parents' apartment.


    Evening in the Alps by Tounis_9, on Flickr

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    Wow, your parents have a gorgeous view from their apartment! Wonderful shot! Thanks for the tip on the Pet thread ...I did a search but didn't come up with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddt0725 View Post
    Wow, your parents have a gorgeous view from their apartment! Wonderful shot! Thanks for the tip on the Pet thread ...I did a search but didn't come up with it.
    Try this for the Pet thread:
    http://community.the-digital-picture...7192#post87192

    Not that you can't post pets in this thread though.
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    Freed my significant others snapping turtle rescue over the weekend. I took a few photos before the release:
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    Great shot dseigel. I really like the sharpness on the face/eyes.

    This just a fun shot of a HB I took on a break from a yard project. Apparently the flowers I planted are already popular.....

    Small-6990 by kayaker72, on Flickr

    Thanks for viewing...Brant

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    The smoke in the background is from the Slide fire that was burning in Oak Creek canyon. We considered rearranging our trip because of the fire. The week before there were health advisories in Sedona. Glad we didn't.....the smoke was only a little noticeable, mostly in the morning, as in this shot:

    Canon 5DIII, EF 24-105 @ 35 mm; 1/80, f/8, ISO 320 with B+W CPL

    Small-7289 by kayaker72, on Flickr

    Thanks for viewing...Brant

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    Very nice Brant. The balloon really helps make the shot.
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