Norm Solomon  

Milky Way and Mountains by Norm Solomon

October 2019 - Milky Way and Mountains

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Milky Way and Mountains-D850, F2.8-24mm, 15 sec, ISO 5000-processed in LR,PS & Topaz AI Denoise

I took this photo at about 2am in Monument Valley in Juneā€¦I was trying to get a `surreal’ look that captured the magic and majesty of the galaxy and the earth we live on. I’d appreciate any comments.

7 comments posted

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
This is a very nice composition. I like the way the milky way is framed by the rock mounds on either side and the distant rocks provide a base. The strewn rocks in the foreground provide a lot of depth. I would like to see more contrast in the image. I have not taken shots like this and am not very aware of the challenges, but perhaps someone else can say more about what I am feeling.   Posted: 10/07/2019 10:13:44

Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Thanks Stan...a very good point... I punched up the contrast a bit here...   Posted: 10/10/2019 11:16:42
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Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
An improvement in my opinion, but now it seems too blue to me for a night sky, or at least one that would support seeing the milky way this well. You might try decreasing the blue color in HSL and perhaps increasing the Luminosity of blue to darken the sky. Hard to say how this would work, but it might be fun to play with it.   Posted: 10/16/2019 23:42:37

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
The image does impart an eerie feeling as if you were in another planet looking across space. I believe you achieved the surreal look you wanted.   Posted: 10/14/2019 12:34:57

John Hackett   John Hackett
I rather like these starry night type of photographs ,maybe one day I will be far enough away from light pollution on a clear night to attempt to take one. I like the idea and the composition. I find the shadows of the foreground rocks a little odd.I also feel that the 'noise' that covers the image is a little degrading of the celestial spectacle. But I am no expert on these types of image.All credit to trying it.   Posted: 10/16/2019 04:35:19

Carroll Reynolds   Carroll Reynolds
I really enjoy the milky way photography. One new trick is to shoot it around 6400 iso but take 8 - 10 images and incorporate them into one with a stacking program. Surprisingly it gives a nice image with little to no noise.   Posted: 10/16/2019 09:01:20
Norm Solomon   Norm Solomon
Thanks, these are all very helpful comments. I'll play with all of them! Much appreciated, norm   Posted: 10/17/2019 09:09:29


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