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ORION'S CASTLE

By pottie  
During Easter we were in the Tankwa Karoo, the perfect place for night photography. only problem its always full moon on Easter so I tried just a nightscape with the constellation of Orion.

Tags: Nightscape Landscape and travel starscapes

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17 Apr 2018 4:45PM
A lovely image Issi, the sky is lovely, and I love the old ruin...left to fall, but makes a great image. Pam

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dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 600 England
17 Apr 2018 9:16PM
The full moon has made this look like daylight (moonlight is actually daylight as it's the sun reflected off a grey object).
I can understand you wanting a dark foreground as that would say 'night' but it is attactive as it stands. When you want a well illuminated foreround and a night sky backdrop you won't get a full moon, such is the sod's law of astrophotography...

Exposure duration, at that focal length setting is just about ok to avoid seeing too much movement in the stars. Going to ISO 800 shouldn't affect image quality, ewpcially with noise reduction applied in post processing, to give an exposure of 10-12 seconds which would be better - I can just detect a little movement in the stars but this doesn't detract and you can make out the constellation fine. Purists would go for as little movement as possible, that's all.
There is a small magenta/cyan cst on the land so i adjusted for that. However, i really like the deep blue of the original sky so my adjustment is only on the foreground.

Small points though, and a shot of which many would be pleased.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4051 Canada
17 Apr 2018 9:29PM
A good result.

Minor tweaks in the mod.


Regards


Willie
dudler Plus
16 986 1537 England
18 Apr 2018 4:29AM
It's attractive - slightly otherworldly, and beautiful. I think I see Orion towards the top left.

For the constellation, I might have tried an alternative framing - portrait format, longer lens, putting hte building in the bottom right corner. Woudl it work? You only find out by trying things, and using every option you can in shooting.

Tilting the wideangle upwards, as you had to, will lead to some distortion: on the whole, it won't show, but I wonder if it conceals a tiny tilt down on the left.

You've used yoru opportunity well - and I am envious! Living in a town close to a big city, there are few nights when stars are visible in number...
pottie 7 2 South Africa
18 Apr 2018 7:36AM
Pam, thanks for the kind comment...
Dark_lord: Tanks for the comments, its most useful and I'll remember for the next outing! Thanks for taking the time to do a mod!
Willie, thanks for taking the time to do a mod and for your comment.
Dudler. I tried taking the ruin with Orion at different angles and directions, but I never thought of taking it portrait... next time...
Fortunately I don't live in Tankwa Karoo, its about two hours drive from us... by the Tankwa always deliver.... its so remote that the people don't even have cellphone reception...
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2018 1:31PM
It certainly is lovely exactly as it stands, but I still can't quite get my head around the fact it's a 'night' image Grin Even so though, you've made good use of the abandoned buildings to anchor that vast sky to the earth below, and placed the constellation of Orion nicely in the upper left section of the image frame.

Having said that though, when I initially looked at this image what I immediately wanted to do was to go square format, to echo the squareness (squarity?) of those lovely buildings! So that's what I did. Then I got a bit carried away and decided to edit the image in Nik's Color Efex software ...

I used a Darken/Lighten centre filter first, then a Graduated Neutral Density filter, then a Bi-colour filter and then the Darken/Lighten centre filter again, but going with the 'maximum depth' present. I didn't do much playing around with the sliders within the filters (except the Bi-colour filter one - I did fiddle a bit with those settings).

Although that process kind of gave me the rough effect I wanted to try and achieve, there was something missing. So off into Photoshop's Color Lookup adjustment layer, and Bleach Bypass seemed to give the overall feeling I wanted to try to get in my mod. Yes, it takes the image massively away from what you've got above and yes, I could have just tweaked what you'd done above. But it was pretty good to start with, so I wanted to go down an alternative presentation route instead Smile

(Mind you, I realised at the last minute that I was looking at my colour settings for colour blindness (deuteranipia type) as that was the last thing I used the colour profiles for! So a quick shift to sRGB and a 50% upping of the Vibrancy settings in Photoshop and it was sort of where it was suppsoed to be Grin)

The image is more night-like now, which you may or may not like. But it's just an alternative.

Tanya
pottie 7 2 South Africa
19 Apr 2018 1:52PM
Tanya, thanks for the time and the detailed description of what you have done... You made me giggle at time... but THANKS!
Miptog, I would like to know what you did!

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