Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Milky Way at Roman Nose Park by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

September 2020 - Milky Way at Roman Nose Park

September 2020 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

This image was taken on August 20, 2020. I have been wanting to take images of the Milky Way and Grace inspired me to go out and do it. After studying dark skies near to where I live, I came across Roman Nose State Park that is about 70 miles from where I live. That meant that I could take images and be home for a late bedtime. I used my Nikon D7500 with a Tokina 11-16mm lens at 11mm, f2.8, 15 seconds and ISO 800. The sky was dark, but there is a small town of 2,800 population that is about 8 miles from where I took the image. The light from the town is showing at the bottom of the Milky Way. In Photoshop I used hue and saturation with a mask to desaturate the green grass in the lower right corner. I used the healing brush to get rid of the bright star. Then I lighten the image some.

7 comments posted

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
Well done! I used to do this with film. I would only tone down the reads on te lower left corner. You could try brightening just the sky a bit more.

  Posted: 09/09/2020 14:36:05

Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Nicely done Tom. I've have been wanting to get out and shoot the milky way for sometime now just haven't had the opportunity. I kind of agree with Barbara about tone down bottom and brightening the sky just a liitle   Posted: 09/11/2020 15:36:57

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Well done Tom! just one suggestion: the milky way and sky part need to reduce more noise in Nik collections few times, and then use layers to brush it out.   Posted: 09/15/2020 08:24:49

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
and may be increase a bit more contrast by use curve tool for milky way´¼î so make it standout   Posted: 09/15/2020 08:28:10

Grace Lee   Grace Lee
and may be increase a bit more contrast by use curve tool for milky way´¼î so make it standout   Posted: 09/15/2020 08:28:11

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Very nice starry sky photo. I would adjust the sky tone cooler to dark blue and increase contrast.   Posted: 09/15/2020 12:15:55
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Rich Sears   Rich Sears
I do agree with everyone's suggestions to adjust the tone and drawing the viewer's eye more to the subject. I also favor leaving the sky magenta as that is opposite your green landscape.   Posted: 09/15/2020 16:23:31


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