- January 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm #318294
So over a year ago, my first photo posted here was of the center of the Milky Way. Now that I'm coming back, I think it's only fitting I post another.
Photo was taken in 2016 when my aunt and I were in Massachusetts.
Canon EOS Rebel T3
18-55mm lens set at 18 mm
25 second exposure
- This topic was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by Elizabeth Hazlett.
- January 1, 2018 at 3:14 pm #318301
The milky way looks nice but I feel the presence of the moon spoils it. You should get a much better shoot at new moon.
One of the holy grail rules of any landscape shot is to have a level horizon.
- January 1, 2018 at 9:59 pm #318332
I'll see if I can redo the horizon in editing, thank you for pointing that out.
And I know with the moon, I was cursing our timing, but if I had waited until after the moon had set, the milky way wouldn't have been over the ocean and instead a mega bright hotel. I tried to lessen the effect as much as possible. At least it illuminates where the water meets sand lol
- January 1, 2018 at 11:13 pm #318333
“I know with the moon, I was cursing our timing”
Well, at least you have something. It's better than nothing! 🙂
- January 2, 2018 at 1:08 am #318378
Like Tobie, said the Horizon.
I wish there was a little more room on the side with the moon, which personally I don't find a detractor, it is a little different then every other Center of the Galaxy Shot I have seen.
- January 2, 2018 at 3:58 pm #318840
Hi Elizabeth, I like this image and the way you have post processed it 🙂
I agree with Tobie about the horizon and with Robert about having more space on the right. I like the moon because of the light reflected on the ocean waters and the sand. I think it forms a leading line to the galaxy.
Just wondering, when looking at the bottom part of the galaxy, it looks a bit strange without any fading or not touching the horizon. Unsure why though!
- January 2, 2018 at 8:13 pm #318962
The editing I did, I need to go back and refine it. I didn't catch that until I was really looking at the image and just haven't had time to go back and fix it. I also just noticed where I messed up removing a tiny dot of light from the horizon line (manmade light)
Unless you're talking the galaxy itself and not the faded part from it to the horizon, lol. In that case, I don't know why. It was like that in the shots I had.
- This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by Elizabeth Hazlett.
- January 3, 2018 at 1:35 am #319266
Hi Elizabeth, I was mentioning the faded part from the galaxy to the horizon. Looks like something has been cloned off or erased 🙂
- January 4, 2018 at 2:45 am #320276
it was neither. I think I was trying to bring out what galaxy was there and didn't manage it. There was really nothing showing up there originally lol
- January 3, 2018 at 4:18 am #319353
I would try to bring out the stars a bit.
Here is a quick and dirty version without the moon. If you spent some time on it, it can be done better. Beach is a bit dark but in my quick and dirty version I get too many artefacts of removing the reflection of the moon in the water.
Or only bring out the stars a bit.
- January 3, 2018 at 10:08 am #319651
I think just like any other landscape shot, it needs an object of interest (anchor) in the foreground to work well. Moon or no moon.
- January 3, 2018 at 6:16 pm #319967
Apart from levelling the horizon I would have cropped the bottom foreground almost up to the moon reflection, other than that and considering the other challenges it is not a bad shot Elizabeth.
- January 4, 2018 at 12:14 am #320167
Seems to me that astro shots of the galactic center in the smack dab middle of the frame are becoming a trend. I would try putting the galaxy more toward the left wall and balance it with the moon on the right . I would leave the reflection of the moon and the diffuse water to shoreline transition in the photo . It adds mystery. That makes a skinny vertical crop but that's what the elements of this photo dictate.
I recall your first shark tank astro submission, This one is a bunch better methinks
- January 4, 2018 at 2:47 am #320277
because I wasn't near a town/road shooting. Location makes the difference lol
I'll have to wait until summertime to shoot it again as it's “disappeared” for the year, but I'm always going to be practicing with it.
- January 10, 2018 at 2:49 am #323033
- January 10, 2018 at 5:59 am #323061
Hi Elizabeth, I also think that the gap between the galaxy and the horizon line doesn't look quite right…the galaxy can't just stop. Did a little cropping and removed that part of the image and brought out the colour slightly (the moon is closer after all…he he)
- January 12, 2018 at 1:32 am #323415
- January 12, 2018 at 4:04 am #323429
Not wrong at all. I think you're right Gary. Looking at my last edit I now see there is just nothing happening in the left half of the frame at all and it should be cropped…but perhaps not quite as much as your version which now makes the image seem a little crowded to me? Maybe a little of the empty sky on the left to position the galaxy in the centre and balance the moon on the right? Forgive my impudence, I'm still very much learning the caper.
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