Another Astro Photography night

Last night I had the pleasure of going out with Leanne Cole, a fine art photographer based here in Melbourne.  You can see Leanne’s work here:

Now for the results of last night.  Firstly I used a fisheye lens, which produces quite a curve to the horizon.  However I wanted the extra coverage of the sky as it better shows the beauty of the Milky Way.  Secondly post processing is required.  If one has taken a number of images then stacking becomes an option.  However the stacking has problems due to the stars moving image to image so careful realignment is required.  This can be time consuming, however the results can be stunning.  For todays post I have not stacked any image.  They are single shots with a F4 lens at ISO 12000 and speed of 30 seconds. With a single image post processing is required and in this case I have used Lightroom to increase highlights and whites and increase blacks ( slide to left) and then Photoshop levels to further enhance the stars.  Other processing involves hue and saturation and use of filters to pull out the reds.  Note there is a bit of noise in these shots which stacking does a great job of removing.  However as I did not take a series of shots I had none to stack.

Hope you like the results._MG_5291 _MG_5297


7 thoughts on “Another Astro Photography night

  1. poppytump

    Absolutely wonderful . Thank you so much for the details, I also read your article on Leanne’s blog a little late for my first attempt but another friend had helped me so it wasn’t TOTAL disaster .
    I’ve taken careful note of the ‘stacking’ info and hope I can do that too time permitting !
    Something I see myself trying again and again . I must take a look at the slightly different aspect shape wise of the Milky Way as I’m in the Northern hemisphere . It is said too that the Milky Way is even more amazing seen from the South … an incentive maybe 🙂

    1. johnholding Post author

      Thanks, my first attempts were pretty poor and I am still learning on how to get even better images. It is just practise really once one knows the technique. Incentive for sure visit us by all means.

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