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Sedona Milky Way

January 20th, 2012

The Milky Way over Sedona, Arizona captured with a wide-angle lens. I took this after Thanksgiving when I borrowed this lens.

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arizona » astronomy » long exposure » milky way » nature » night » photography » sedona arizona » stars »

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: onis_uk
about 12 years, 4 months ago
i love star pictures being a amateur star gazer but in this case ....

unfortunately you've made the rookie mistake of leaving the shutter open too long, the stars are no longer points of light but little lines due to the earths rotation ! irc... you have about a max shutter of 15 seconds before the start to blur
Posted By: stelorone
about 12 years, 4 months ago
Overall a nice composition. I like the detail you've managed to get out of the mountain during a night shot.

It's too bad though that you've left a satellite or airplane blinking light trail across the image (over the mountain's left 'shoulder'). And I have to agree with onis_uk in that you appear to have left the shutter open too long which caused the blurry stars.

Overall, not a bad attempt.
Posted By: nikkormatic
about 12 years, 4 months ago
Great composition, and a good job with the lighting and detail on the mountain. Will definitely be gracing my desktop.

I have to disagree in that the blurryness of the stars doesn't appear to (in my opinion) be rotational streaking or a too-slow shutter. To me, it appears more like you didn't use a tripod to keep the camera steady, a mistake I've made far too often because I didn't feel like lugging my tripod around.

Before I put it on my desktop I made a few adjustments to it in Photoshop for my personal preferences, by adjusting the levels and curves to increase contrast, and some sharpening to really bring out the detail on the mountain. Makes it a bit darker, but the mountain really stands out against the stars.

Overall, good job! Keep it up!
about 12 years, 4 months ago
As a thumbnail this looks stunning. Awesome composition. The only issue is the clarity, but that is something even experienced photographers (not me yet!) struggle with. Practice practice, trial and error. It'd be interesting to see the EXIF data on images like this so we can give better tips on where to improve!
Posted By: cjschelz
about 12 years, 3 months ago
Thanks for the tips, and the blur was because it was open long (it was on a tripod). I probably could have taken one with less time, but I'm pretty sure that night was freezing and I didn't want to stay out any more. This was my favorite one, though. Once again, thanks for the comments

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