Todd Paige  

Sierra Midnight by Todd Paige

October 2019 - Sierra Midnight

About the Image(s)

I really like the colors and tone of night landscape images. This image was an exercise in noise reduction. The sky was capture with 11 exposures of 13 sec., f2.8, 24mm, iso 3200 and then developed in Starry Landscape Stacker. The foreground was captured with 5 exposures of 30 sec., f2.8, 24 mm, iso 3200 and these were then loaded as layers in photoshop, made into a smart object and stacked using the median stack mode. I think the final result came ok in terms of noise given that it is a Hi iso long exposure. I do feel that I could go longer than 30 seconds for the foreground shifting the histogram as far as possible right, and shot more frames (10). In terms of composition next time I think I'll get closer to the large boulders to create more foreground interest.

1 comment posted

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Very interesting technique and composition. Every time I read on how you did it gives me ideas on what can be done and how to do it.
Everything is very sharp and detailed.
I am not sure if it is the limitation of the resolution imposed to post images, but it looks a little too "crisp" to me. Did you push the sharpening or other artifices. To me, it looks like 3 picts one on top of the other - the brown foreground - the snowy mountains and the sky.   Posted: 10/08/2019 19:52:43


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