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Posted: 10/29/18 07:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another beautiful photo......Thanks profdant139! [emoticon]


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I love all the shots Dan, please keep them coming. And I do have to say you've inspired me to get out my camera and see what I can produce. One request though that I'm really curious about. Would you please post a before and after photo of your Wheeler Peak Nevada photo (about six posts up)so we can better appreciate the editing results?
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Posted: 10/30/18 08:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I should’ve tried.....the Milky Way was clearly visible, here at the house last night!

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Opnspaces, here we go! This is the original shot, right out of the camera – a 30 second exposure at an ISO of 3200, with no editing:

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Here is the same shot, after some editing – I brightened the Milky Way by “wiping” it with a virtual brush in Lightroom:

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And here is the final version – I first brushed the snow with some light. When the snow came out purple, I decreased the saturation of the purple in order to make the snow look white:

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I must add that I am not even close to a professional. A real pro would use PhotoShop, and the results would be a lot clearer.


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One more thought -- if you look at the final version, you can see that there is a band of darkness along the ridgeline. That was caused by the steepness of the slope. The ridge threw a deep shadow on the steeper northern part of the mountainside. Since there was no moon that night, the only light source was the Milky Way, to the south of the ridge.

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I like the Milky Way. I enjoy looking at from the backyard in Nevada at 5,000 feet.

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ppine, that must also mean that you can see the meteor showers that come around several times a year -- what a gift to be able to see them without driving for hundreds of miles to get to a clear dark sky!

On the other hand, if I lived in a quiet dark uncrowded place, perhaps I might do less traveling and camping than I now do??

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profdant,
You bring up a good point. I have always wanted to live in a place with a million acre back yard and wild horses and eagles around. I have a campsite in my back yard. It is quiet, beautiful and there is a hot tub and plenty of ice. I still like to go camping. Just returned from 5 days in Yosemite staying in the old wall tent.

I have no patience now for crowded camp grounds in the summer. We head for the boondocks or the back country. My favoirite trips are in the quiet season or out in the desert in winter.

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Thanks for the before and after photos, there is a dramatic difference. As luck would have it I'm headed to the desert tomorrow and this just reminded me to see if I can find my tripod.

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I have been stuck in town for several months due to family obligations, just wishing I could get away. We're hoping to get into the Eastern Sierra toward the end of the month to take advantage of the dark of the moon, at least for a few days, but who knows if it will happen?

So as a poor substitute for travel, I am going back and re-editing some of my favorite Milky Way shots. I'm posting this pair (below) to illustrate the power of editing in the digital age. The first one is the shot that came out of the camera, and the second has been re-edited in Lightroom, which is like Photoshop for Amateurs. (I am still learning how to take full advantage of editing.)

You'll notice a meteor trail in the upper right corner of the second shot -- I did not even see it when I first took and edited this photo!!

The mountains were faintly illuminated by a sliver of the moon as it was setting on the other side of the canyon -- so that enabled me to increase the exposure of the mountains without washing out the stars.

And the key to making the Milky Way "pop" was to wipe the Milky Way with a brush and slightly increase the exposure and the contrast. Using the virtual "brush" means that those changes only affect the area covered by the brush-stroke.

Anyway, this is the original shot:

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And this is the latest version of the same shot, edited:

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