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Forum: Photo Critique 08-21-2019, 05:22 PM  
Night How do I manage this?
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 8
Views: 894
Thanksfor all the replies. I tried again last night--the pass was west to south this time, meaning the sky, at 7.30 pm local was dark, but will still show a bit brown on onger exposures. I tried the interval shooting method firrst suggested by DeadJohn, and creating a layer mask. I used the excellent Interval function of the K-x, set to Minimum interval, 15 second exposures. I ended up with 13 frames, including the clear one I wanted for background. I did one composition using all frames complete, so i had star streaking. The pass crossed the Milky Way. Some clone stamping was necsssary to fill the gaps in the ISS track.




I then took that image and made it into a Layer mask, blacking out all but the track. I really struggle with layers in PS, having not used it much and at widely spaced intervals. The only way i can get it to work is to have the images in LR, select Edit>Open as layers in PS. After much tutorial watching, I ended up with the result below.





I think I can do better, the background layer needs more ( or less?) work in PP, still looks muddy and cluttered.



I then did a
Forum: Photo Critique 08-20-2019, 03:55 PM  
Night How do I manage this?
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 8
Views: 894
That's an approach I tried early on, but ended up with gaps--my problem was too long between exposures. IIRC, I was doing 30 sec exposures with a remote, so there were slight gaps. Assuming you would do Interval with Minumum Time selected between exposures? I'd like to see some of your results, if you don't mind posting them?

This was the first time I tried shooting multiple frames and doing layering --big gaps as well as multiple stars.






The one below is layered, using the alternative method you outlined above--background short exposure as a layer, then remove the stars from the ISS pass long exposure.





Capturing a shorter portion of the pass will give less star streaking, obviously.





Forum: Photo Critique 08-20-2019, 05:58 AM  
Night How do I manage this?
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 8
Views: 894
I do quite a few ISS pass captures. usually a case of trying to get it all, or as much as practicable, of the pass in one Bulb exposure. These can be as long as 4 minutes, which brings in obvious problems . And, as the best visible passes are not too long after sunset , exposures can get muddy--also, there is always star streaking. So I decided on a different approach--I am also keen on pano stitches so why not try to combine the two. This will involve careful setup, and panning it just right to a) get enough overlap for a good pano stitch, and b) getting a continuous exposure on the pass.
So I looked at how long the pass would take (6min 30 sec) , how much of the compass it would cover (157 deg) , and how much it would transit per minute.
So I settled on 20 second exposures, and started exposing 20 seconds before the scheduled visibilty time. I panned slightly between exposures, keeping it in frame, quick look at the preview confirmed it. I thought I had nailed it, but, on stitching the pano in PS ( via Lightroom) I came up with the below result.
My question to the assembled brains trust is this--Do I need to have longer exposures, to get more coverage in each frame, or less, and man more often?

Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-21-2019, 05:37 PM  
Night Some recent lightning
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 5
Views: 536
here are a few more from that night.These are suffering from a slight blur if you zoom in. I can only put it down to a combimation of crop and possibly some very slight tripod movement in the wind. But I haven't had this problem before, under similar circumstances.





Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-20-2019, 11:10 PM  
Night Some recent lightning
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 5
Views: 536
I recently had the good luck to be back in the Plibara for a few days with some good storms around. As anyone who has tried this knows, everything has to line up, ie not raining, storm right distance away, no terrain blocking, etc. I was a bit terrain blocked, and it was a bit far away, but still had some results. Some came up well with a 3:1 crop.










Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2019, 05:12 AM  
Abstract reflection of trees on pond
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 6
Views: 705
Yes, great effect. very nice.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-03-2018, 06:01 PM  
Landscape Getting acquainted with the Irix 15mm Blackstone in the field
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 11
Views: 930
Great clarity, depth of field, and compositions.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-03-2018, 05:59 PM  
Night Milky Way above the Himalayas
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 28
Views: 2,300
Point taken. I do some night skies/Milky ways,as well as ISS passes, but have not achieved anything so brilliant as that. You are right as to the colour balance, the sky usually does have a brown cast, IMO. I have just given myself a Samyang 14mm manual lens as a Christmas present, yet to have clear skies to try it out.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-03-2018, 06:24 AM  
Night Milky Way above the Himalayas
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 28
Views: 2,300
Firstly, I am deeply envious. But I can't help but feel that there should be a little less dark foreground, and more sky? But still beautiful, very much so.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2018, 06:01 AM  
Nature Mammatus cloud
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Often associated with rain developing, over our way--you see stratus developing mammatus, likely to get wet. Good captures.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-20-2018, 05:18 AM  
Nature I have no talent for wildlife photography it seems
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Wow, great capture....you just have to seize the moment. ;-) :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-06-2018, 04:59 AM  
Cityscape Barely any idea why...
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 20
Views: 1,418
Great Shot
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-06-2018, 04:54 AM  
Landscape Cradle Mountain over the Vale of Belvoir
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 1
Views: 444
One my recent quick trip across the Tasmanian Highlands, I found this view at the top of the saddle before you descend into the alpine heath country of the Vale of Belvoir. Taken from near where i posted my last photo of the vale, that's Cradle Mountain in the distance. Approximately 12 shot raw pano stitch in PS, post processing in LR.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-04-2018, 04:09 PM  
Landscape Vale of Belvoir, Tasmania
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 2
Views: 453
I recently travelled to Tasmania for a work, an ew experience for me. On the way back to my departure airport, i went via the general area of Cradle Mountain. This wasn't a dedicated photo shoot, just quick stops. I did one 10 minute walk to a promising looking spot, and was rewarded with magnificent views. The wind was gusty, and very cold, air was hazy with an approaching front.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2018, 11:57 PM  
Landscape Just around the corner...
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Thanks, the lighting was a challenge. After several attempts, I ended up more or less exposing for the brightest part, then recovering the shadows in Lightroom.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2018, 04:20 PM  
Landscape Just around the corner...
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Thank you. That part of Tasmania certainly has unlimited photo opportunities. i'd never visited before, and was there for work. I had four hours to do a three hour trip back from the West Coast to Launceston, my point of departure. Google Maps told me the best route was via the general vicinity of Cradle Mountain, an iconic Tassie destination, so I stopped a few times for quick shots.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2018, 04:31 AM  
Landscape Just around the corner...
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 8
Views: 640
..you'll be blinded and risk running off the road :-). taken in northern central Tasmania, not far from Cradle Mountain, on the access road to a dam whose name I can't remember


Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2018, 03:55 PM  
Nature Housekeeping
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 20
Views: 1,279
Great to see this come up again, still one of my favourite wildlife shots from this forum.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-23-2018, 11:00 PM  
Night Moon, Mars and the evening
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 7
Views: 563
Thank you--I had a few versions of this, but the ones which were otherwise better had a bad green flare on the moon,unfortunately.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-23-2018, 05:34 AM  
Night Moon, Mars and the evening
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 7
Views: 563
I attempted to capture an ISS pass this evening, but it was a little close to sunset, and failed. So I waited a little longer to capture the town looking back from the rivermouth, with a near full moon and mars overlooking. 30 sec exposure

Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-18-2018, 04:07 AM  
People Watching the sun go down
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 42
Views: 1,520
excellent composition and PP
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-15-2018, 04:47 PM  
Landscape HDR Sunset pano first attempt
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 15
Views: 1,152
Death adders are a small, very well camouflaged snake that you risk stepping on, highly venomous. King browns are actually aggressive and strike repeatedly. You need to wear sturdy boots,long pants, and preferably heavy canvas gaiters as well, as they can strike above the ankle. and that spinifex is actually very spiny and causes itching and irritation on bare skin. not great country to be walking around in,but very rewarding nonetheless.
There was a night i was out photographing lightning--picked a nice clear bit of gravel to stand on, kept shining the headlamp around for ground level intruders, then relised the howling dingoes were getting closer...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-11-2018, 04:20 AM  
Landscape HDR Sunset pano first attempt
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 15
Views: 1,152
Thanks. I've actually been hospitalised from a scorpion bite in spinifex company, suffered while doing some photography--and I'll take a scorpion over a death adder or king brown any day :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-10-2018, 04:10 AM  
Landscape HDR Sunset pano first attempt
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 15
Views: 1,152
yes--I couldn't get any higher from that vantage point, and I have always wanted to get that hill out of the way. Quite a hike to get to the top of it, and risky with venomous wildlife. Nature has intervened since, with a very large bushfire that burnt the ground bare all over those hills--once that spinifex is burnt, it is just bare, stony ground underneath. So I can get to more places with less risk from snakes and scorpions now, but the view will be somewhat bare for the next few years.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-03-2018, 10:18 PM  
Abstract Golden light
Posted By ranmar850
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Nice image--shot recently? All this stormy weather we have been having in the Southern half of WA lately seems to have lots of sunny patches interspersed, no doubt due to the strength of the wind. I drove the Brand Highway north yesterday afternoon, no camera to record some of the amazing vistas created by this weather.
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