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A place to dream

By aeras  
This secluded shore is surrounded by a very high and steep rock formation and it usually accessible only from the sea. To get there on foot , one has to hike downhill for half an hour in order to get to sea level and then climb up for another 45 minutes to get back. Light pollution is still high but not as high as other shores of Cyprus ( excluding Akamas peninsula). I arrived at the area around midnight and I switched my headlamp off and just stayed there gasping at the beauty in front of me. Moments like these I realize how small we are and feel grateful and so lucky that I can witness such a beauty !!! This a panorama of 21 vertical frames , 3 rows by 7 columns , taken with the Nikon D800 and the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8. White balance was set to manual so as to be consistent and settings for each fame was f/3.2 ISO 2540 , 25 seconds . The Raw files were batch processed in Camera Raw and saved as Tiffs. Photoshop CS 6 run into trouble trying to stitch them so I used Microsoft's ICE (Image Composite Editor) which I found to be much faster and way better than PS and also ... free Smile . ICE gives you the option to see the various methods of projection in real time while in PS you have to do it all over again to see the result with a different method of projection. The resulting Stitched Tiff was imported in to PS for processing. Noise was removed with Topaz de-noise-5 plugin , The foreground was masked and the sky was given some contrast and detail in order to enhance the Galaxy. A dodge layer was used to lighten the waves that were breaking in the foreground and also lighten the boat. A burn layer was used to selectively darken areas around the frame and some of the immediate foreground. finally a mild "glow" was added.

Tags: Seascape Shore Galaxy Nightscape Landscape and travel Milkyway

Voters: Leedslass1, boov, ken j. and 117 more

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Leedslass1 Plus
5 3.6k 3 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2016 1:43PM
Fabulous image.
13 Jul 2016 2:01PM
Absolutely beautifulGrinGrin how small are we in this world Grin
Therapy 5 3 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2016 2:53PM
The boad looks as if its ready to sail off up into the stars. BEAUTIFUL IMAGE
Sounds like one heck of a lot of processing involved! - but the final result is very nice indeed.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2016 5:51PM
A huge amount of work but a great result.

PhilT2 Plus
11 561 32 England
13 Jul 2016 5:52PM
Quite breathtaking. Wonderful image
13 Jul 2016 6:08PM
Fantastic.....and I very much appreciate the "recipe" for how it was achieved. I am here to learn and this one has an awful lot to go on!. Worth it.
4k78l 5 278 1 New Caledonia
13 Jul 2016 7:58PM
Wow, just wow! The image is gorgeous, and I really liked how honest you are about what you've done to it. It works, it just does Smile

One more comment though: Yes we are small, but we can achieve big and great things in life, just like you did here.
Spkr51 5 United States
13 Jul 2016 8:31PM
Beautiful image ...
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2016 9:49PM
Amazing piece of work SmileSmileSmile
Diggeo 8 13 Greece
14 Jul 2016 6:09AM
Just amazing!!!
tonyng Plus
11 11 3 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2016 9:43PM
Awesome piece of work. Bravo.
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2016 8:17PM
A splendid creation
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 411
19 Jul 2016 1:11PM
Standing Ovation
collywobles 17 4.1k 10 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2016 5:57PM
Stunning. I remember sitting at the top of a mountain in a French Ski resort gazing up at a sky like this........ It is mesmerising to see and imagine what is out there....... I could have sat there all night ---- but it was very cold.... Smile
21 Jul 2016 4:08AM
excellent photography
21 Jul 2016 1:27PM
Beautiful photography.
4k78l 5 278 1 New Caledonia
21 Jul 2016 9:23PM
Congratulations on the photo of the week award. Well deserved! You are very talented and your heart shows through your passion. Good luck on the next adventure Smile
agingrocker 12 28 1
21 Jul 2016 11:54PM
Absolutely stunning. Very well done.

gidz Junior Member 5 Philippines
23 Jul 2016 2:30PM
nice... very nice
kojak 8 14 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2016 5:39PM
Superb. Great write up too
27 Oct 2016 1:56PM
Love it!

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