Articles Tagged with: stars
Stellar Beach Anomaly

Today we come across a “Stellar Beach Anomaly” at a local beach…
Unfortunately the news was still mostly focused on President Trump.

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

EXIF:

Nikon D7000
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
f/8
80s
24mm
200 ISO

Lightroomed

  • Raised exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows and whites
  • Lowered blacks
  • Dehaze added

Photoshopped

 

Well that photo needs some more stars. So I stole the stars from this old panorama I made…

And took out all the stars from the original…

 

Then I spun the stars and shrank them about 200 times and painted some of the lighter places darker…

 

And then I flipped the shot and masked the stars into the background of the beach shot.

Final Thoughts

Ive wanted to try this for a while now, and am glad I finally got around to it. Its much easier then I thought. Photoshop didn’t like running that many hi-res smart objects at the same time and slowed everything to a crawl. When I tried to save the file it was over 10 gigs.

I have seen photo magicians build rigs in the past that do this “in camera…” You basically just have to spin the camera on axis, while zooming in over a few hours.

I’ll take Photoshop over that any day.

 

See Post @ Flickr.com

Should you want to try this on your own photo sometime…


Thats No Deathstar… Thats a Moon!

That’s No Deathstar… That’s a Moon!

I got a good shot of the “Blood Moon” in 2015, the clouds parted for just enough time to catch one good photo. I wanted to get shot of the Blood Moon with a Star Field.
The problem with shooting the moon, is that you can only get a few of the most brightest stars in the shots.
The first problem is, the moon lights up the atmosphere making stars hard to see. Problem two, the moon is moving much faster then the stars and is much brighter.
To get a good shot of the moon your looking at an exposure around 1/200s, before it starts to blur. To get a good shot of the stars, you need to take a photo for around 20 seconds.

A photo of the moon with a good star field is not possible.

Time for some “Photoshop Magic!”

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

Blood Moon with a Star Field

EXIF:

Nikon D810
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
200mm
f/2.8
.4s
1600 ISO

 

Lightroomed

 

Blood Moon with a Star Field

 

  • Cropped
  • Noise reduction

 

Ok now that is quite boring… If you check any social media from that month you will see hundreds of photos that look exactly like that.
This photo needed some help. I scoured my database for stars I could add back into the photo.

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

 

Blood Moon with a Star Field

 

EXIF:

Nikon D7000
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
18mm
f/3.5
30s
1600 ISO

 

Photoshopped

  • Masked in the stars against the blood moon

Blood Moon with a Star Field

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Blood Moon with a Star Field

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Blood Moon with a Star Field

 

This photo is somewhat disingenuous. You won’t see a photo like this on NASAs site. Its not possible without some Photoshop trickery, which I don’t think scientists would approve of.


Lighthouse Starfield

Capturing a Lighthouse Starfield

 

Here I take 287 photos of a light house to make a time lapse, and as a bonus, a star trail photo… Two projects for the price of one!

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

Lighthouse Starfield

EXIF:

Nikon D810
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
f/5
30s
2500 ISO
287 very similar shots

 

Lightroomed

Lighthouse Starfield

  • Exposure and contrast raised
  • Highlights raised
  • Shadows, whites and blacks lowered

 

Lighthouse Starfield

  • Lens Corrections
  • Used the adjustment brush on the trees and lighthouse to raise their exposure

 

Photoshopped

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  • Layered 287 X 36MP Photos, set the top 286 to “Lighten”
  • Waited for my computer to melt through my desk while trying to handle a 30 GB Photoshop document comprised of 287 photos with a resolution of 7360 X 1912. That is 10 BILLION pixels. A lot of electrons were harmed in the making of this film.
  • Masked out any planes, shooting stars, or alien vessels

 

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  • Changed the levels to accentuate the trails

 

 

Lighthouse Starfield Startrail

  • Used the “Adaptive wide angle” filter to straighten the light house, would have been easier to line it up during shooting, maybe next time. While we are talking about next time, I should bring some pruning shears for the shrubs.
  • Lowered the saturation on the red tree tops
  • Cloned out the shrub that was against the lighthouse

 

Past Mistake

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I made this photo first, but after several hours heating up my basement with my computer while my air conditioner almost caught fire, I realized that the photos for the time lapse didn’t make a good “light trail” photo. You can see how it becomes to dense in the second half of the time lapse video. I bit the bullet and re-edited the original 287 files in Lightroom and started from scratch. Thats the up side to shooting RAW.

 

 

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You want to see every star in the milky way for a time lapse, but when you spin all that over time, you need less stars that are brighter.

 

 

Other Thoughts

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It was much easier to fake it in Photoshop, like in this shot, but somehow the “Real Deal” is much more satisfying.

Like the man said “Ill sleep when I’m dead.”