A Billion Stars

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  1. JimFox

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    This is up at Upper Cathedral Lake in Yosemite NP California. The clouds continued to slowly dissipate as the stars came out, but it was a slow dissipation so after a couple of hours I climbed into my sleeping bag and slept for a few hours to look up and see the clouds finally gone, so I crawled back out and to go shoot some more before the moon rose.

    This is the Milky Way tail, so it's not as distinct as the core. I was impressed with just how many stars there were to see. Even though the moon wasn't up, it seemed like the whole sky was like a night light the stars were so bright.

    All comments are welcome,

    Jim

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  2. Levy Davish

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    Wow, this is stunning. I love the richness of the sky and the reflection is great
     
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    And you got a perfect reflection what a bonus!
    Great capture Jim.
    Imho the sky's WB is dead blue, which has nice separation against warmer FG, but it could be a bit richer if you play with WB a bit and unlock other colors in the core and some stars, but of course it a matter of personal preference...
     
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    Sweet scene and a great shot of it.
     
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    JIm,
    This is very cool .. amazing amount of stars . Great execution here.
    Regards,
    Dean
     
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    Great capture Jim. Looks like the effort to get to that lake was really worth it. That reflection on the lake is awesome.
     
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    Stunning Capture Jim, I could look at that for hours, and the Reflection really is beautiful on it's own !!!
    The Clarity and Light is just so wonderful !!!


    Very Nicely Done, Take Care,

    Craig
     
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    Jim, the MW here is overpowering to my eyes.
     
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    So that's what you get at ISO 6400 and f/1.8. That definitely makes the MW tail more interesting! I wasn't sure what kind of comp you'd get with the stars this time of year, but this worked out nicely!
     
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    Thanks so much Andrey.

    This is the tail of the Milky Way as I mentioned in the text, there is no color to unlock, it's just white. Shooting the tail of the Milky Way is totally different then the Core. It's not as bright, it doesn't have those distinctive creamy colors that can be found in the core and is much harder to process since it blends into the sky more.
     
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    Thanks Levy! It was a beautiful night with all of those stars.
     
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    Thanks Kyle. Yeah, I was glad to see that the tail of the MW would line up with Cathedral Peak like that.

    I shot mainly at ISO 6400 because it was pretty dark out with the moon not rising until later. I did shoot some at ISO 3200 too that I want to compare with these ISO 6400 shots. The ISO 6400 I think was almost too bright in reality. I am still working out exactly how best I want to shoot with that F1.8 lens, it definitely lets tons of light in.
     
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    Fantastic shot, I love the reflection, and the transition of the sky from red to blue. The mountain peak leading you up the milky way is also a nice touch. I think you miscounted the stars though, might want to go back and recount them.... :)
     
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    Awesome shot Jim!!! You have a great eye for compositions and I really enjoy seeing your pictures.
     
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    This one is outrageous, Jim.
     
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    Wow, sweet image Jim. Nicely composed with a ton of stars. From the looks of it I thought you had used a tracker but sounds like you didn't, which is pretty impressive. Guess it really helps to shoot these scenes at f1.8.
     
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    Thanks Tuan!

    Especially when shooting the core, this lens at f1.8 definitely puts out images that rival those taken with a star tracker. And the great thing is that I can then just use the single image for my stars. I am not having to use 2 separate photos one for the ground and then a separate one for the sky because of the tracker. I so much prefer one image, taken all at one time and not hours or days apart.
     
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