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Paint your palette blue and grey

By markst33    
I have been wanting to have a crack at astrophotography for months now - however conditions were never ideal or no one else was interested in keeping me company in very dark locations and also being in Dublin meant you have to travel a bit to get to somewhere with reduced levels of light pollution.

However yesterday the conditions were perfect and despite no one else being available to keep me company I decided I would head to Glendalough which is a little over an hours drive from me. I brought my German Shepherd to keep me company and to act as a bit of a deterrent if there were any idiots around.

Glendalough is one of the most well known scenic locations near Dublin so I knew where I wanted to set up. One of the many lessons I learnt from this excursion is that its best to be there when there is still some light so as to get your composition framed and then wait for dark as when I got there it was very very dark. So dark in fact that the dog kept wandering off and getting lost so I had to switch on my headlamp for him to find me again Grin

However it was well worth the trip as you can see a whole lot more stars in this valley than you could ever hope to anywhere in Dublin.

The light on the RHS is from a cyclist with a bright headlamp coming down the road so I cloned out the bright white light and left in the ambient light which gives a point of interest on this side.

ISO : 1250
Shutter : 20secs
Definitely will be going back. Yoshi loved it too

Tags: Reflections Lake Ireland Glendalough Astrophotography Wicklow Landscape and travel Constellations Night and low light

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
30 Mar 2019 12:54PM
Looks as good at night as it does in the day. You picked a great night too.

I wonder if you enabled long exposure noise reduction in the camera, - seems a touch noisy for the ISO and the camera?

It needs a leveling of course, done in the mod.

Im sure with this specialised area of pho0tography practice will make perfect.

markst33 12 75 2 Ireland
30 Mar 2019 2:02PM
I didn't enable long exposure be actually. Another thing learnt Grin
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
30 Mar 2019 5:23PM
I think that's worked beautifully, for the most part: my only reservation is that there's a strong edge effect along the skyline and round the headland.

I'm not quite sure about the cyclist's trail: but it might need a different format without - more of a letterbox.
30 Mar 2019 10:09PM
I like this a lot, pretty good for a first attempt I reckon.
The use of the cyclist's light works for me... something was very definitely needed to lift the gloom, and I think what you've done there was quite inspired.

John mentions the haloing along the skyline... it can be caused by various things, but most commonly occurs along edges where there is high contrast, as here, or it can be caused by over-sharpening. There are quite a few videos on YouTube that can teach you how to easily remove it.

So in my mod I've removed the haloing, straightened the image, and lifted the brightness very slightly. ( I hope the slight increase in brightness is discernible in the mod... the uploading process sometimes seems to change an image's appearance slightly. )

dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 784 England
3 Apr 2019 10:36PM
Sorry I'm a bit late to this one, but I've just added a mod where I duplicated the image and used Colour Dodge blending mode at reduced opacity to give a brightness ad contrast boost but in a more subtle way.

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