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The Milky Way Galaxy

September 23rd, 2010

I wish we could see the Milky Way that way with our bare eyes, every night!

Nikon D700, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED shot at f/3.2, ISO 800, 30sec. Composed and edited in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Posted By: Actias Luna
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Nice one Dominic, spot on. Love the way you've totally silhouetted the trees so the milky way is the focus of the image. Works well as a desktop background too. :)

Nothing to change here, you did a great job. I love it as it is.
Posted By: only4now
about 13 years, 10 months ago

can you elaborate on how you captured such a wonderful shot? is a beautiful picture. happy it made it off of the Loupe.

good stuff :)
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 13 years, 10 months ago
You have got to be absolutely kidding me. This is an amazing photograph - Apple should hire you for their next big system upgrade :)

Nothing. The trees frame this perfectly and I LOVE the colors. This will stay on my desktop for a long, long time. Congratulations!
Posted By: zombie
about 13 years, 10 months ago
I agree with only4now. Would love to see what you did to capture this incredible shot.

couldn't be improved, it's perfect. Pefect composition and execution
Posted By: Thomatis
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Again stars 50 meters away, not 50 million light years. This time in front of SOLID foliage, not cirrus cloud.

I don't know. Maybe place your foliage mask over your super magnified celestial image. Or use Content Aware to pluck all the stars out of the trees on the 'lens' side of the image.
Posted By: supaman
about 13 years, 10 months ago
My first though was "Oh my god", and I can imagine I must have looked like a :O-smiley, haha. This picture is nothing but amazing. Wow! Thanks for posting this, Dominic.

I can't see anything that would improve this picture. It's perfect.
Posted By: Chuck
about 13 years, 10 months ago
What a great piece of work. Really deep and spacey atmosphere.
I especially like the colours.

Nothing more to say. I don't know anything I would improve.
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Obviously this is just fantastic Dominic! Excellent concept and execution.

There is nothing to change here in my opinion. Thanks for sharing this awesome wallpaper. Cheers
Posted By: stubulman
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Dominic, what a stellar piece of work. Once again you have broken the barriers of conventional photography and have produced something special.

I think you should have someone make a video of you doing your work--complete with commentary. It would be a valuable lesson to aspiring photographers. Imagination, however, is something that I don't think you can teach. You have the gift or you don't.
Posted By: Arcturus
about 13 years, 10 months ago
I've been downloading wallpapers from this site for 2 years at least (and I kinda feel like a jerk right now). But at the moment I saw this one, I signed up for an account, just to post this comment and tell how stunning it is. Really, really amazing work my friend.

Probably one of the finest milky way images on the net.
Posted By: VisualParadox
about 13 years, 10 months ago
wwoooooow now this is my cup of tea, anything space but that is very cool with the trees in the front.
Dominic, i too wish it were possible to see this amazing sight every night. it would bring tears to my eyes.
very well done.

image is spot on, i wouldnt like to see this image any other way.
Posted By: BlackEagle754
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Hello new desktop background! Very nice! I'll take a wild guess and say that this shot will be on my desktop for a long, long time.

Ways to improve this image? Why would I mess with perfection?
Posted By: OneDunya
about 13 years, 10 months ago
I love the image a lot. The detail of the Milky Way is amazing.

Upon close examination I cannot find one thing I would change about it and it looks perfect!
Posted By: NeoElNino
about 13 years, 10 months ago
I was awaiting for this one to make it to the top pics of interfacelift ;)

nothin can be improved in this pic, it already looks at it best!!!
Posted By: Jimbo
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Everything about the picture is perfect, I wish we could all see the sky like this, all the time. Beautiful.

Nothing needs to be improved in my opinion, the way the trees enhance the milky way is incredible.
Posted By: GMahler
about 13 years, 10 months ago
AMAZING!!!!!!!! Totally awe struck by this. Thank you so much.

This is complete perfection I don't think it can be improved.
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Wow, thank you for all the nice compliments! I also thought about doing a video once, but since a usually shoot alone that's gonna be a bit difficult. I can however, do a little Photoshop tutorial for the next wallpaper. 

Actually, shooting the milky way requires not more than good preparation. First, you need a new moon night so that there is absolutely nothing else emitting light than the stars. Locating the milky way is fairly easy (and I'm sure there are much simpler ways) but I use Star Walk for my iPhone! ;-) Then you require the usual low noise @ higher ISO from a full frame sensor to capture the full intensity of the night sky. 

Now, since those bastard stars won't hold still while shooting the picture, I was lucky enough to borrow a Celestron tripod which can be set to follow the stars. I tried several exposures and found f/3.2, ISO 800, 30sec to be the best. 

Then I added the trees as a separate layer in front of the stars and that's it. Glad you like it!
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Posted By: Juggernaut_510
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Hey great job here. Being a great fan of Astronomy I can really appreciate this photo. Anything with Space I love.

Not much you can do to improve it - I want more now - space themed images.

Thanks Dominic for a great photo.
Posted By: adamjs610
about 13 years, 10 months ago
This is perfect, one of the best night sky photos I have even seen. where was this taken?

I wouldn't change a thing, keep up the stellar work man.
Posted By: ckcallen
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Well I agree with everyone, fantastic composition. It's currently displaying nicely on my monitor - thanks!

I wish I had a friend with a Celestron tripod...

Nothing can be improved here. I'd be interested to see what it might look like with some lighting against the trees rather than the silhouette, but really, its perfect in my eyes.
Posted By: mjoa
about 13 years, 9 months ago
Just wanted to chime in to express my appreciation. Thanks for sharing.

Nothing is needed to improve on this! Thanks also for sharing your process.
Posted By: shrivats
about 13 years, 2 months ago
What a beautiful shot ! Man thanks a lot for sharing this with the world !

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