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  1. #11
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    Re: Your pick please

    Thanks, Needa and Dan, for the same suggestion about painting the foreground, but not the trees. I tried, not succeeded yet. Maybe didn't find the right tool or method yet.


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  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    For some reason I'm having trouble liking any of them. But since I am not familiar with post processing Milky Way images, I'm not sure why. I think it has to do with the stars. They seem to be far too bright and larger than I've seen with other Milky Way photos. And that takes my eye away from the true subject which is the Milky Way.

    Plus there is too much foreground and not enough of the Milky Way. But keep at it! You've reached the point where the real learning takes place.
    Thanks, Cindy. First, I have realized this isn't a good example of photo composition as you pointed out that the foreground takes too much space. The truth is: night-sky shots are very hard, for ME, to get a good preview of the scene (through viewfinder and live view) even before test shot (all I can see is some bright star and some faint color of the MW). There's no way to know how big the foreground is. But I suppose now if I set exp to iso3200 and speed to 15", I can get a better preview and take better composition...and actually get much better shots with less PP.

    Frankly and like you said, there isn't either of the three be the expectation or like of me also. Take aside the factors of the limitations of camera and lens, as well as my photo skills, there is only little sense to compare with others' great MW photos (e.g., Scott, David, etc... ). I know some photographers emphasize the contradictory scene with bright stars and the MW and make efforts to soften or reduce bright stars in PP. As for me, I kind of like to enjoy both if they do naturally co-exist in the sky... AW, my purpose of the post is mainly to check out my PP efforts (for MW shot) as to which way to proceed and how to improve.

  3. #13
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    blackstar, right now it is trial and error - most of us go through that at some point. Once you realize what it is you do and don't want, you can hone your skills. If you are in the northern hemisphere, I believe there is a cutoff time to take Milky Way images. It's my understanding that the Milky Way goes below the horizon in the northern hemisphere at some point late in the year before reemerging in the spring (or early part of the following year).

    You are off to a great start! Keep it up.
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  4. #14
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    Blackstar, I actually posted my learning photos in another thread. You start from somewhere and you learn and gain experience. If you create a masterpiece the very first time, you will just find frustration trying to match that again.
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  5. #15
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    Of the three I like #2 the best. The others are just to dark.
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  6. #16
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    Hi Cindy, Thanks again for your encouragement. I'm keeping going on my learning path. But I can barely go out these days due to the heavy smokey air around our area. ... do more PP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackstar View Post
    Hi Cindy, Thanks again for your encouragement. I'm keeping going on my learning path. But I can barely go out these days due to the heavy smokey air around our area. ... do more PP?
    I'm afraid I can't answer that question since I know nothing about post processing Milky Way images. There must be some way to make the stars not appear so big though. I can't imagine they were that noticeable in the original files, were they?
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    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



  8. #18
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    Hey BF, Thanks for your encouragement. Your last sentence reminds me that I am actually a lucky guy who is a bit disappointed at first, but may not have to suffer lengthy frustration afterward... I hope.

  9. #19
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    Thanks Robin, for your pick and point.

  10. #20
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    Your pick please
    Cindy, I remember, if correct, the visible period of the MW is from March to Oct. I attach the original jpg below for you to see if the stars are unnaturally big or bright... and as I mentioned it's under-exposed, there are lot more stars hiding... (the image looks exactly as I previewed from viewfinder and live View)

    Your pick please-2020-08-09_22-12-54-s.jpg





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