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Old 05-30-2017, 11:52 AM   #1
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Had a chance to go out to the ranch this past weekend. Not a cloud in the sky so figured it would be a good chance to do some astrophotography. Still learning, but it's fun to practice.





















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Old 05-30-2017, 12:04 PM   #2
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Beautiful!
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:08 PM   #3
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:10 PM   #4
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Wow those are awesome. ..what was the setup

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Old 05-30-2017, 12:14 PM   #5
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Those are great!
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:20 PM   #6
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What kind of equipment is needed to take these kind of pictures? These are some of my favorite types of pictures!
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:21 PM   #7
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Paloduro?
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:21 PM   #8
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Awesome! Would love to hear about your settings for those shots
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:23 PM   #9
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Excellent. I really need to learn to find the Milky Way.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:37 PM   #10
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Thanks!

These are east of Palo Duro.


Equipment setup:
Nikon D750
Tamron 15-30 2.8 lens
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As far as settings, it varies. But for the most part those are 20 second exposures at around 3200 ISO. The lens will only go down to 2.8 so that's where it was set.

For finding the Milky Way- it is pretty easy in the panhandle. Just get away from town and you can see it clearly. These were taken at about 3-4am over two nights. The app Stellarium can also help with planning.


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Old 05-30-2017, 12:41 PM   #11
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Nice!
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:41 PM   #12
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Beautiful pictures!
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:47 PM   #13
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Wow! Beautiful pics!
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:49 PM   #14
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Excellent shots! I really need to learn how to do this!
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:51 PM   #15
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Great pics! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:54 PM   #16
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Just set your zoom to infinity when taking star pics and make sure to use a tripod and a remote shutter release so you don't shake the camera of the long exposures. I like to leave them long enough to get the stars to trail.

You can also get some colored gel covers and put them on a flash light and paint different pieces of the back drop in different colors when doing long exposure.


Great pics by the way.
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Old 05-30-2017, 12:57 PM   #17
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That looks amazing...
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:43 PM   #18
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Nice pics, well done. My younger brother has been ate up w astronomy his entire life so much he started his own company, Alpine Astro. If you are needing any lenses or astro gear you might check him out on the web.
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:55 PM   #19
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Stunning. Gonna head outside tonight Weather permitting.
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:01 PM   #20
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Awesome. Can't hardly wait to move the country just so I can enjoy the night sky.
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:04 PM   #21
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Wow! Great work those are amazing.
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Old 06-01-2017, 07:02 PM   #22
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Nice pics, well done. My younger brother has been ate up w astronomy his entire life so much he started his own company, Alpine Astro. If you are needing any lenses or astro gear you might check him out on the web.


Cool! I'll check it out.


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Old 06-01-2017, 10:21 PM   #23
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Too cool! Great job
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:30 AM   #24
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Well done!

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Old 06-07-2017, 09:35 AM   #25
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Those are some friggin' fantastic captures!
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:52 AM   #26
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First, all of those are pretty good.

This one though, I was the most impressed with. Great job sir.
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Old 06-09-2017, 01:50 PM   #27
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How do you capture the color on the up close foliage ?


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Old 06-09-2017, 02:01 PM   #28
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These are beautiful!
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:40 PM   #29
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[quote=J-Fish;12492014]How do you capture the color on the up close foliage ?

Curious also
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:57 PM   #30
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Wow
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:58 PM   #31
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Simply incredible.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:06 PM   #32
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How do you do such amazing photos?)))
I don`t understand!!!!!! Really cool!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-16-2017, 10:28 PM   #33
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Those are stunning! Did you notice in the first three images there is something scooting across the sky, probably an airplane, possibly a satellite. My favorite is the second to last shot though. I like the way the Milky Way arches across the sky, and there is what looks like a falling star at the far left side of the image. One word of advice for your focus. For most lenses, if you focus on Infinity, it actually focuses at infinity, so the stars, which are closer than an infinite distance away will be out of focus. So for most lenses, focus at infinity, then pull it back just a hair. For those of you asking about technique, first of all, you will need a camera that will attach to a tripod and allows you to shoot images at several seconds in length. Generally that means a SLR, but not always. If you've got a setup that you think will work, just go out and start taking pictures. Try different f-stops and different exposures. Take notes and compare what you get. Find something you really like and work around those settings. This is one of my favorite kinds of photography.
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Old 06-17-2017, 12:10 AM   #34
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Dude. Couple of those are fan-freakin-tastic


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Old 06-28-2017, 10:45 AM   #35
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Great job! Those are AMAZING!
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Old 07-02-2017, 11:45 PM   #36
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While the shutter was open (20 seconds), I shined a flashlight into the palm of my hand so that it reflected onto the plant. The normal light of the flashlight is too harsh, so I just used my hand as a "reflector". But I only had it on for maybe 2-3 seconds. It doesn't take much light to do light painting. There are several good YouTube videos about light painting. Hope that helps!


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Old 07-03-2017, 12:31 AM   #37
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:45 AM   #38
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That is freaking bad a-- !!
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:34 PM   #39
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these are amazing!
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:35 PM   #40
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Killer man!!
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Old 08-18-2017, 03:21 PM   #41
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Nice! Share your metadata.
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Old 08-18-2017, 03:45 PM   #42
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Way cool
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Old 08-29-2017, 02:49 PM   #43
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Very cool
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amazing!
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