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10-19-2013, 10:38 AM   #511
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I like this shot... I had too much cloud cover in my area to see this. Thanks for sharing it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jim Radcliffe Quote
Here's a couple I took this weekend in west Texas near Caprock Canyon. These were all taken with the Pentax K5 IIs and the DA* 16-50





And just for fun I tried a bit of night sky combined with painting with light.
I spent almost 5 hours here last night. The full moon was too bright and my skills were so painfully lacking that the only thing that kept the trip from being a complete waste of time was the quiet reflection the place invoked.

This may not be as bad as I think but I had such high expectations so I am a little embarrassed that this was the best I could do.



I also tried to do star trails but I am not getting any good results with Starstax lately. I am 100% sure it is user error.

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May I ask..

QuoteOriginally posted by Sage97 Quote
I spent almost 5 hours here last night. The full moon was too bright and my skills were so painfully lacking that the only thing that kept the trip from being a complete waste of time was the quiet reflection the place invoked.

I am a little embarrassed to say that this was the best that I could do.
You're not alone.. a really bright moon can really ruin a night shot.. long exposures look like daylight shots. I was out last night as well and it was not a good time.. the moon was just too bright. I wondered what Caprock Canyon looked like under that full moon.

I would love to "play" with the shot you posted above.. with your permission, of course. Would you be willing to provide me an out of camera JPG or RAW file to tinker with?.. I'll send the results to you via email. If not, I understand.
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You're not alone.. a really bright moon can really ruin a night shot.. long exposures look like daylight shots. I was out last night as well and it was not a good time.. the moon was just too bright. I wondered what Caprock Canyon looked like under that full moon.

I would love to "play" with the shot you posted above.. with your permission, of course. Would you be willing to provide me an out of camera JPG or RAW file to tinker with?.. I'll send the results to you via email. If not, I understand.
I'd gladly email you couple shots. Wait a couple minutes.

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That's not a bad shot at all.
The key to dealing with a really bright moon IMO is to just treat it like the sun. Just rising or just setting and/or in eclipse is my favorite time to photograph the moon it's self. Once it's higher it becomes my night sun.

Also I've been using ImageStacker for trails lately and it's super easy. It will take tif files too but they have to be 8 bit.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sage97 Quote
I spent almost 5 hours here last night. The full moon was too bright and my skills were so painfully lacking that the only thing that kept the trip from being a complete waste of time was the quiet reflection the place invoked.

This may not be as bad as I think but I had such high expectations so I am a little embarrassed that this was the best I could do.



I also tried to do star trails but I am not getting any good results with Starstax lately. I am 100% sure it is user error.
I like it. It might not be what you were imagining, but it is a good photograph.
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That's not a bad shot at all.
The key to dealing with a really bright moon IMO is to just treat it like the sun. Just rising or just setting and/or in eclipse is my favorite time to photograph the moon it's self. Once it's higher it becomes my night sun.

Also I've been using ImageStacker for trails lately and it's super easy. It will take tif files too but they have to be 8 bit.
There's a bit more to it than that... you have to consider the stars.. one of the points of doing night work, for me. So treating the moon like the sun does not work for me, which is why I prefer to shoot when there is a New Moon or just a small sliver of a moon which does not overpower the stars.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
That's not a bad shot at all.
The key to dealing with a really bright moon IMO is to just treat it like the sun. Just rising or just setting and/or in eclipse is my favorite time to photograph the moon it's self. Once it's higher it becomes my night sun.

Also I've been using ImageStacker for trails lately and it's super easy. It will take tif files too but they have to be 8 bit.
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I like it. It might not be what you were imagining, but it is a good photograph.
Thanks guys.

Matt, I'm going to try ImageStacker here in a few minutes and see what I can come up with.

A couple more.






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I would love to "play" with the shot you posted above.. with your permission, of course. Would you be willing to provide me an out of camera JPG or RAW file to tinker with?.. I'll send the results to you via email. If not, I understand.
The files aren't going via email. Too big. Not really sure how to send files this big.
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The files aren't going via email. Too big. Not really sure how to send files this big.
Dropbox, PM me your email and if I send you an invite and you sign up (free) I get some extra space.
But really even if I don't refer you this is how to move those big files.
Super handy service.
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Dropbox, PM me your email and if I send you an invite and you sign up (free) I get some extra space.
But really even if I don't refer you this is how to move those big files.
Super handy service.
PM sent Matt. Thanks in advance.

Also, do I need to convert all my dng files to tif for image stacker? I seem to having difficulties.
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Either tif or jpeg. And the tif needs to be an 8 bit tif. You may want to try with jpeg first, it will be quicker. It will take a dark frame if you have one too.
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Either tif or jpeg. And the tif needs to be an 8 bit tif. You may want to try with jpeg first, it will be quicker. It will take a dark frame if you have one too.
Tried and tried with jpegs but won't work. Problem is the error message comes and disappears in less than a second so I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I give up for now.
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All brilliant shots! Especially yours, Jim Radcliffe.

This thread is such an inspiration.
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All brilliant shots! Especially yours, Jim Radcliffe.

This thread is such an inspiration.
Thanks, I've only been doing this for the last couple of months. I've only had about four or five outings during that time.. learn something from every one of them.

The best thing is that I no longer worry about losing the light during the day... I just switch my focus to finding interesting night opportunities. Never really considered it in the past but have found I really enjoy it.
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