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maddogmurph

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Winters Trails
« on: March 29, 2017, 01:28:25 am »

Shasta is beautiful most any time of the year. It's a pinnacle marking along with Shasta the beginning of the Cascades. Odd shaped bumps sticking out of the earth as part of the ring of fire. They explode every now and then, leaving awesome lava trails and what not. Not often enough for me in my opinion, but then I'm perversely interested in acts of nature that exhibit force and beauty. To me they inspire wonder and imagination. They make my mind travel to places not often thought about in daily life. Abstract things, like why the earth is hot in the middle, and what if it was cold instead? What if physics was backwards, and out of the volcano flowed ice as it expanded freezing and making the crust jut upward into mountain ranges... same net effect in a way. Anyhow, I think I've spent too much time editing this evening...
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2017, 04:15:37 am »

The landscape is stunning. I find the posted image too "noisy" or grainy.

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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017, 05:10:00 am »

Amazing.

Thierry
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2017, 08:07:28 am »

Love the bands of light and dark; lots to look at!
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2017, 10:26:12 am »

I don't think I've seen the Milky Way used as a horizontal element before: nice. And the stars pop nicely. Good one!

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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 10:38:35 am »

Love the bands of light and dark; lots to look at!
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2017, 12:30:55 pm »

Nice

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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2017, 06:12:26 pm »

Love everything about this photo - well-executed composition and lighting - except for the exclamation point stars.
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2017, 04:13:46 am »

The more I look at it, the more I like it!

Thierry
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2017, 08:21:26 am »

Stunning shot. I like the static landscape with the moving sky…
Well seen.
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2017, 05:38:19 pm »

I like it  :) I do wonder if a longer exposure with lower iso might have been better.
Still a lovely image
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2017, 10:00:12 pm »

Superb!

Why do the stars appear this way?  Are there two separate images of the stars?  A high ISO image of the bright points at the terminus, and a low ISO image of the trails?  Or am I imagining things?

Whatever technique, it's a gorgeous image.  Thanks for freezing your ass off for us.
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2017, 03:25:00 am »

lower iso

The bottom was shot at F4, 126seconds, at iso 1600 - noted, due to the overwhelming comments on noise reduction - I'll go ahead and remove the noise. Of course I'll lose sharpness as a result, but my point is, it's actually a very low ISO for my typical night shots.

The top (sharp stars) was shot at iso3200, F1.4 for 8 seconds.

Superb!

Why do the stars appear this way?  Are there two separate images of the stars?  A high ISO image of the bright points at the terminus, and a low ISO image of the trails?  Or am I imagining things?

Peter the method was essentially a composite. There is one shot of the foreground (see bottom camera settings above) and another for the sky (sharp stars)

The original intention was to simply take the sharp foreground using the Long Exposure, and blend it with the sky which needs to be at 8 seconds or less to not show star trails when shooting at 50mm. When I blended the two, I found it more interesting to actually include a little bit of the star trails.
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Re: Winters Trails
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2017, 08:03:01 pm »

When I blended the two, I found it more interesting to actually include a little bit of the star trails.

Me, too. A very successful image.
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