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Foggy Valley with Milky Way

December 7th, 2011

Taken near Bad Hindelang, Bavaria, Germany from the peak of the Hirschberg. It was incredible to see this scenery from there. I hiked up there at about 6 p.m. and stood for about 3 hours. Stitched together from four photographs of the landscape and four of the sky because the lightning conditions were to different. I hope you like it!

Canon EOS 550D, Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8.

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Posted By: qbas
about 12 years, 7 months ago
I love your 'velocity' photo. This one presents stars nice, but...

iso12800?! no, no, no.... You could try to take one photo of sky and one for everything below and combine those two...
Posted By: Jonathan Besler
about 12 years, 7 months ago
Hey thanks for your comment.
Everything was shot with ISO 800 and the problem was that it was too dark because there was no moon.

And I think you don't realize how big the perspective was, it's almost more than 180 degrees but I know you're right. I don't like the noise in the image either. However this wasn't possible to do it better because of the darkness. I took about 200 photos in the 3 hours with different settings and this panorama was shot at F/5 ISO 800 and 25 seconds for each picture. Next time I try it with fullmoon.
Posted By: onis_uk
about 12 years, 7 months ago
this is a great shot of the sky the stars look great ............but !

the noise and mess below are killing it. you should have used about f11 and bulb mode ! ;o) and then a different shot for the lower half of the image and stitched the two together in ps
Posted By: srino
about 12 years, 7 months ago
Please ignore my previous comment. Thank you very much.
Posted By: stubulman
about 12 years, 7 months ago
The sky looks fabulous. It always intrigues me. I cannot see the Milky Way from my urban location.

I must agree with @onis_uk: "This is a great shot of the sky the stars look great ............but !"

The yellow-orange blotches remind me of a fungus that appears in my plant beds after several days of rain. At first I thought that that was what they were. I don't mean to sound harsh but they do detract from the image.
Posted By: Batman_360
about 12 years, 3 months ago
I think the noise in the landscape is perfect. It adds to the image. I also love the crispness of the stars, the yellow behind the mountain, it's all beautiful. Literally one of the coolest environments I've ever seen photographed.
Posted By: Daddy_Gemini
about 12 years, 1 month ago
I also think this is a very interesting shot. Love the fog and the stars. I think either with slightly different manual camera settings and/or some noise reduction in post could make the finished product better. I'm gonna try to see what I can do but I got the biggest to resize and crop, and either way it's going into my wallpaper folders. =)

I haven't tried it yet myself as I don't even have an amazing camera, but stitching two different exposures might help next time you try a shot like this. However I see what you mean, I can tell it was very very dark in the dark areas and with no full moon it's hard to bring out any details in some places.

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