The dolphin and the stars

Discussion in 'Astro Photography' started by Tony Liu, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. Tony Liu

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    Attempted this last year but the tide was high so was not able to get close to the rock; perfect conditions this time around

    [​IMG]The Dolphin and the Stars by Tony, on Flickr

    Quite happy with the amount of Milky Way detail I was able to extract from Bortle 4 light pollution
     
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    Great job with all the light pollution very pleasant image
     
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    Neat capture. The rock does resemble a dolphin and you positioned it well for this scene.
     
  4. Tony Liu

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    Thanks guys!
     
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    This is great.
     
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    I sure like this a lot, that dolphin is cool! Very nice work Tony.

    If it were mine, I would try to remove those lights though on the horizon. It should actually be pretty easy to do because the right half of the horizon is free from lights, so just copy the right horizon and paste it over the left where the lights are. It's not like replace or posting rock features or something prominent, it's just water. :)
     
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    By the way, as @Mike Lewis pointed out to me, you guys can see the Antares Region in Tony's photo here. Look for that bright golden star (Antares) in the lower upper left above the Milky Way, and that's it!
     
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    Excellent image Tony!

    Makes me want to head out to some dark skies with just my camera and a wide angle lens.

    Is this multiple exposures, or just a single exposure? Did you use a tracking mount? Details man! ;)
     
  9. Tony Liu

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    Thanks everyone!

    Thanks Jim. I thought about cloning out the lights from the boats initially but decided to keep them in the end; I actually thought it'd added something different to the image.

    Thanks CJ! I wish it was darker still! Only Bortle 4 and the bright lights from the boats and cruise ship didn't help either.

    It was one exposure for the FG and one tracked exposure for the sky/Milky Way taken more or less one of after another then merged.
     
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    Wow - that is jaw dropping!

    ML
     

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