Theresa Rice  

Divided Sky by Theresa Rice

January 2020 - Divided Sky

About the Image(s)

We took this image before we got to the beach at Cape Disappointment because I could see that the clouds were moving in and - sure enough - the stars were mostly hidden by the time we got there.

Shot on the A7RIII with a Rokinon 14 mm lenses at F-2.8 for 10 seconds with ISO 8000.

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6 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Great capture of the stars. The trees and slight rise in the foreground provide a nice anchor. The only problem I see is the large amount of noise in the sky, likely due to the very high ISO of 8000. Next time you might try for a longer exposure and lower ISO to reduce the noise factor.   Posted: 01/06/2020 06:42:25

John Zhu   John Zhu
What a powerful presentation. This is a well balanced composition with nice foreground lighting. With our own Milky Way photos, we do lots a post processing to bring up the Milky Way. I remember select them with brush then increase contrast, and brightness, and decrease the highlight to enhance the clarity.   Posted: 01/06/2020 12:17:08

Nancie Clark   Nancie Clark
Great composition! The clouds do give a sense of movement in the sky. Your stars look good with no movement. I really like the Milky Way centered closely between the trees. I think you did a great job!

Did you research how long you could leave the shutter open before you see movement in the stars? If not, Google 500 Rule and it should help reduce the ISO and still keep stars pinpointed.   Posted: 01/11/2020 16:36:02

Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Nice shot! If this was taken with a 14 mm lens it looks like the image has been cropped? If so, that may be why the noise is apparent. In general, at 14 mm, you should be able to shoot for about 20 seconds without star movement as Nancie points out. However, an alternate way to get pinpoint stars without noise is to shoot multiple images at high ISO and stack them in a product such as Starry Landscape Stacker.   Posted: 01/17/2020 05:37:01

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
Nice job. My only suggestion might be to try turning the Temp slider to more blue and add a bit more sharpening.   Posted: 01/23/2020 08:41:35

Trinda Love   Trinda Love
Your foreground is so lovely! I love the light gold of the grass and the dark silhouettes of the trees. And, I think your composition is perfect, loving the line of the foreground slant with the straight ocean peeking out behind the trees.   Posted: 01/23/2020 20:01:02