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LoryC 6 2 Italy
6 Mar 2020 10:28AM
Beautiful image.

6 Mar 2020 10:35AM
Stunning photo. Rich
6 Mar 2020 12:29PM
Excellent. I went to a talk by Ollie Taylor this week, a nightscape photographer (you might know of him?). The most valuable bit of info was about taking an exposure for the foreground and blending. Anything up to 10 mins. I guess you did this. I have taken shots of the milky way but just left the foreground to look after itself....which it doesn't!
GHGraham 12 7 10 Scotland
6 Mar 2020 4:40PM
Yes, ideally you should take two images especially if they are low ISO, long exposures.

Some shoot at 3200 or even 6400 ISO for short exposures to stop the stars trailing too much but the noise is dreadful.
RLF Plus
12 18 4 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2020 6:25PM
Wonderful castle and Sky
Rob Smile
AlfieK Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2020 9:09PM
Great shot. SmileSmileSmileSmile
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
7 Mar 2020 11:51AM
Superb shot of the Castle with our Milky Way so well captured above.
Yogendra Plus
18 22 1 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2020 9:42PM
Stunning shot, Superb..
GHGraham 12 7 10 Scotland
9 Mar 2020 10:15AM
Thank you all for your kind comments and the swanky awards.


superb ....

9 Mar 2020 7:31PM
Hi It's me again! Well deserved award. Congratulations.
So, hoping to pick your brains some more.......
I reckon the 422 seconds was for the foreground/land. I was reminded to use the camera's long exposure noise reduction for this bit. I think all the exif on this shot is for the foreground? About the sky.....keeping the ISO low (how low dare you go?), I am wondering if you did multiple shots and stacked them? If so, how many? I guess at less than 15 seconds each?
This is such an impressive image, you are the man to ask Blush. Hope you are willing to share and don't think I am too cheekyBlush
JuBarney Plus
11 36 5 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2020 8:38PM
What a wonderful sky
GHGraham 12 7 10 Scotland
10 Mar 2020 12:02PM

You can either do this type of image in one shot but at crazy ISO like 6400 for 20 secs exposure but the foreground will be pitch black unless you light it up.

I lit this one up but the castle and cliffs are hundreds of feet away so needed a good 10 mins to light paint. The sky is the same length of exposure but the camera is now mounted on a tracker but same ISO of 400 to keep noise down.

I've shot 30 min exposures at ISO 200 of the Milky Way and the stars are pin sharp using a tracker. The longer exposure and lower ISO the better because the noise is reduced and more importantly, dynamic range is retained and the colours are better saturated.

This image is just 10 mins at ISO 400 because astronomical twilight was about to start (sun at 18 degrees below the horizon and climbing). You need about 2 hrs before sunrise and 2 hrs after to get a true dark sky, assuming its not light polluted. Most of Scotland is Bortle Class 1 (Darkest) or Class 2. Elsewhere you need to be about an hour by car away from cities like Aberdeen or Glasgow to get away from the light pollution.

The Milky Way core rises in the eastern sky towards dawn so you need to east of towns and cities to get the darkest skies. Ideally like Stonehaven, you look across the dark North Sea.

Hope that helps.

10 Mar 2020 12:21PM
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to explain all that. Not what I had thought at all. I don't have a tracker so I guess my best (only?) option is to take multiple exposures and stack them, both of the foreground and the stars. I was hoping to be able to make a visible foreground without lightpainting.
Anyway, again, congratulations. I am inspired, as you can tell Smile. Will just have to get out there and keep trying.
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
10 Mar 2020 2:58PM
11 Mar 2020 9:08PM
Great work taking and post processing this image, well done.
kaybee 18 8.2k 27 Scotland
12 Mar 2020 11:25AM
I bet you smiled all through breakfast.
17 Mar 2020 2:46AM
Gorgeous photo. Nice to see how it was done.

5 Apr 2020 10:24AM
Formidable image and inspiring work! SmileSmileSmile
gerti62 3 4
20 Sep 2020 6:27AM
Superb picture
gerti62 3 4
29 Dec 2020 4:16PM

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