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Galaxy Numero Uno

By ComfortablyNumb  
As time was against me last night, this was another trial for getting some nice shots of the Milky Way eventually. I realise I haven't painted the foreground and cliffs etc, I'm hoping for feedback on colour balance, composition and anything else you feel worth a mention.
Thia was another high iso effort utilising the 'high' mode on my camera.
F2.8 30sec iso 3200
Thanks for looking

Tags: Landscape and travel Night and low light

Voters: Iain_Proudfoot, mrswoolybill, DannyLenihan and 10 more


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DannyLenihan 8 213 19 England
9 Oct 2010 10:26AM
I think this is a fantastic idea for a shot, although your choice of exposure conflicts with the subject matter. Using a high ISO adds noise to the image, and when you are effectively photographing "noise" the two cancel each other out.

I think you would do much better to shoot at the lowest ISO available to you - I would shoot this on 25 or 50 ISO, but I understand most DSLR's only go down as far as 100, which is five stops lower than 3200, meaning that you'd need to multiply your exposure by 5: 2 minutes and 30 seconds would give you the same exposure levels, and you'd record far more detail, with much greater clarity.

You are privileged indeed to be somewhere with such minimal light pollution - make the most of it!

Would love to see another version of this at a lower ISO, so please let me know if you do it.

In terms of composition, I'd find somewhere where the ocean completes the horizon, or where the cliffs more obviously intersect it, as at the moment it is neither one or other.

I would set my white balance at 5600K if you have a kelvin preset available, otherwise I would shoot on normal daylight balancing, as the light reflected from the planets, and the light coming from the stars is the same colour temperature as our sun.

Seems like a big critique, but I genuinely think you have a really good opportunity to turn an already very good shot, into an absolutely superb shot.

Danny

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9 Oct 2010 10:41AM
lovely images danny
kaz
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
9 Oct 2010 11:19AM

Quote:I think this is a fantastic idea for a shot, although your choice of exposure conflicts with the subject matter. Using a high ISO adds noise to the image, and when you are effectively photographing "noise" the two cancel each other out.

I think you would do much better to shoot at the lowest ISO available to you - I would shoot this on 25 or 50 ISO, but I understand most DSLR's only go down as far as 100, which is five stops lower than 3200, meaning that you'd need to multiply your exposure by 5: 2 minutes and 30 seconds would give you the same exposure levels, and you'd record far more detail, with much greater clarity.

You are privileged indeed to be somewhere with such minimal light pollution - make the most of it!

Would love to see another version of this at a lower ISO, so please let me know if you do it.

In terms of composition, I'd find somewhere where the ocean completes the horizon, or where the cliffs more obviously intersect it, as at the moment it is neither one or other.

I would set my white balance at 5600K if you have a kelvin preset available, otherwise I would shoot on normal daylight balancing, as the light reflected from the planets, and the light coming from the stars is the same colour temperature as our sun.

Seems like a big critique, but I genuinely think you have a really good opportunity to turn an already very good shot, into an absolutely superb shot.

Danny


Excelent advice and look forward to seeing more of your images!

Regards

Trev.
10 Oct 2010 1:11PM
Cracking critique! Smile
I'm hoping to get out on a clear night again soon
Thanks again for looking

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