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Post Comments or suggestions on my first effort?
This is my first serious session at night sky photography. This is a still from a time-lapse series. Mt. Lassen reflected in Manzanita Lake, Calif.
Nikon D600 - 24mm - f/1.4 - ISO-1600 - 15 sec. exposure.
(File is downsized considerably from the 11 MB original.)
[flickr]http://www.flickr.com/photos/99733493@N02/9424543700/[/flickr]

If this turned out well, it is because of all the good advice I've gotten on this board. I think I've read just about everything here!

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Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:43 am
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Post Re: Comments or suggestions on my first effort?
Nice, would consider raising the ISO to capture more brightness. And maybe tweak the highlights in PS.


Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:07 pm
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Post Re: Comments or suggestions on my first effort?
I kept the ISO down to eliminate noise, but will take a shot at a higher ISO on my next effort.

Not sure what you mean by tweaking the highlights? I use PS, but am hardly an expert...

Also just realized I didn't have the 'Notify me when a reply...' checked, so missed seeing your response, but have it checked now. Thanks for taking the time to offer suggestions!

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Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:45 am
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Post Re: Comments or suggestions on my first effort?
D600 has very good noise to iso ratio.Don't be afraid to boost your ISO.Also, you can use manual blending technique in order to get detail from the dark landscape.Manual blending means that you get one frame with lets say ISO1000 f2 and 3 minutes exposure for the ground and then use ISO2500 f1.4 15sec for the sky and then blend the two pictures in PS keeping the first frame for the ground and the second frame for the sky.This will give you some really beautifull pic!Try it out!

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Some threads you might wanna check:
Nightsky Timelapse Tutorial.
Camera Settings for Astrophotography.


Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:00 am
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Post Re: Comments or suggestions on my first effort?
My next trip out I will definitely go for a higher ISO.

The manual blending sounds like a pretty good approach - also worth a shot. Might be a problem if doing a timelapse?

The more I work with the D600 the happier I am, but I've got a lot to learn!

Thanks very much for your suggestions!

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Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:05 am
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Post Re: Comments or suggestions on my first effort?
Well, i haven't done a timelapse using manual blending, but i am sure there are a lot of workarounds.One idea is using scripts in photoshop.Other is work the ground frame in PS in order to make the sky transparent, and then import to some video editing app, putting the ground frame as top layer and the sky as secondary layer.Problem is that stars reflection on lake wont work this way,but again you can make the lake transparent as well in the ground frame in order to have static mountains, trees etc, and movable stars both in the sky and the lake.

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My 500px : http://500px.com/TheoKondak
My gear : Nikon D7000 - Tokina 10-17 Fisheye - Nikkor 18-70mm - Nikkor 50mm f1.4 G - Sigma 150mm f2.8 Micro
Some threads you might wanna check:
Nightsky Timelapse Tutorial.
Camera Settings for Astrophotography.


Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:03 am
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