Shirley Pohlman  

Milky Way over Forked Mountain by Shirley Pohlman

August 2019 - Milky Way over Forked Mountain

August 2019 - Shirley Pohlman


About the Image(s)

This last week our Camera Club finally had an almost clear night for our field trip to shoot the Milky Way about 25 miles from home in the wilderness area of Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas. This was shot with Nikon D610, 24-70 lens at 24mm, f/2.8, ISO 2000, 20 seconds, manual mode, tripod mounted. It was edited in Lightroom for contrast, exposure, white & black points, clarity, dehaze, and white balance.

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15 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
P.S. to my description....The glow in the horizon is from the lights of Hot Springs, not sunset!   Posted: 08/03/2019 12:52:22

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
(Groups 16 & 68)
Interesting image. I think a little more adjustments of shadows may be needed. (I tried it in my mobile using Snapseed and also 25% HDR, resulting image is given below)   Posted: 08/04/2019 09:34:00
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Laurie Meriwether   Laurie Meriwether
Beautiful image Shirley. I'm amazed at how much it improves with your edits. I do prefer your edit with the deep black for the foreground. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 08/04/2019 10:31:53
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks, Laurie. I had also tried to pull out the shadows when processing and found it just gave a cloudy look with no detail.   Posted: 08/04/2019 13:34:56

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
That's fascinating! The right slope of the mountain leads into the diagonal of the milky way.....there is a single bright star, is that Venus? The two black clouds at the bottom right don't contribute so I might consider taking them out, since that part of the skyline is very busy. Piers   Posted: 08/04/2019 14:10:39
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I was told it was Jupiter, Piers.   Posted: 08/05/2019 21:40:04

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Hi visiting from 48 & 80.
Very interesting image. Personally I prefer Mohanan's edit. For me, it makes it immediately obvious as to what I'm seeing.   Posted: 08/04/2019 21:09:55

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
I'm always fascinated by the images people capture of the sky. This is beautiful. I don't know much about editing for the nightsky to give any suggestions, but I like your edits to your original image.   Posted: 08/05/2019 08:09:32

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
(Groups 35 & 52)
Since I am familiar with the location I believe you did a good job of chosing a foreground that has some interest. I am curious as to whether or not you were able to capture an image before darkness fell. If so, merging it with the one of the darker night sky would allow more detail in the foreground which would add additional interest. If that was not done, I think Mohanan's edit is a good suggestion. The Milky Way stands out and you have done the best that can be expected with the ambient light. Personally, I would not mess with that cloud on the bottom right as I think it could be quite a messy process. Of all the images I have seen from this camera club event you images is the best.   Posted: 08/05/2019 18:41:50
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks, Sharon. I did not have one from the same perspective when it was lighter. Something to think about if we ever go out there again.   Posted: 08/05/2019 21:42:27

The edit works for me considering the previous suggestion of layering a second image for detail would also do well to add to the space below. Clouds look fine and the is mostly balanced imho. Nice image!   Posted: 08/05/2019 20:05:55

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
I feel like your image is more what you can actually see. His edit is interesting but is not as realistic to me. Great image Shirley. I agree with Sharon, yours's is the best of all the ones I have seen from that outing.   Posted: 08/12/2019 13:10:42

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks, Jamie. Don't tell anyone else!!   Posted: 08/12/2019 17:03:11

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
I hope someday I have occasion to photograph star trail.You had a nice picture.Can you allow me to bring up your image.I like it.   Posted: 08/12/2019 23:36:54
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Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Shirley - I think that all the changed images and your submission (but not the original) bring a different perspective to the scene - which is stunning. I have had so little opportunity to see the milky way in all its glory because I don't travel often enough to get into a light-free zone. The only two times I can remember when I had the opportunity to see so many stars (in central Australia and Tanzania) - I didn't have a tripod. Your shot: great composition and taken just at the right time.   Posted: 08/20/2019 08:37:42