Tuhin Das, PPSA  

 Lower Falls at Night by Tuhin Das, PPSA

August 2019 - Lower Falls at Night

About the Image(s)

Location: Lower Falls, Yellowstone National Park
Deion: I had a wonderful national parks trip (Grand Teton, Yellowstone & Glacier) in month of May'19. This one is from Yellowstone obviously. Very famous & crowded tourist spot (who have visited should know that) but only during sunlight, NOT under the bright stars and pitch black surroundings.
So usually I went there at 3:45 am and the shoot was done by 4:30 am and gradually dawn was approaching. You can see the level of noise mostly near the waterfall. Yeah that's because of the limitation of crop sensor and heavy shadow pull in post production.
Disclaimer - This is not a single shot. I took 10 exposures (ISO 8000, F2.8, 11mm FL, 10 sec) of the sky. And 4 exposures (ISO 1600, F2.8, 11mm FL, 4 mins) for the canyon. Then blended them all together in post production to reduce the noise level and hot pixels. I know everybody will be mad at me saying that this is not ethics of landscape photography. But sorry to say respected fellow photographers, almost 70-80% of the astro photographers use the same technique to produce high quality night images. Obviously they use lots of expensive and way way better gears than I can afford. I don't do it for food, I do it as a hobby.
P.S. - According to PhotoPills, the MW core will be neck to neck close

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4 comments posted

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Wonderful image Tuhin. For me, viewing an image is all about that, viewing the image. 1 shot or 101 shots blended together, so what? Some people may think differently, but I think it is all about the image, not too much emphasis should be put on the process. Yellowstone is one place I would love to go and see, perhaps one day. Your combining astro and landscape here is very effective. Noise yes, but at ISO 8000 that is to be fully expected. Congratulations on being there at 3.45am, you have an image all others wish they could get.   Posted: 08/16/2019 17:59:05
Tuhin Das   Tuhin Das
Thanks Ian.   Posted: 08/18/2019 18:19:14

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Amazing picture and great post-processing! I did the similar astrophotography before and end up I needed to use 24 exposures to stitch together in order to capture the entire milky way including the foreground! You can take more shots to cover more area of the milky way. I think you can use longer exposure time for the milky way, the so called 500 rules, i.e. shuttle speed = 500/(focal length)   Posted: 08/20/2019 17:36:53

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Just amazing!!! You did a fantastic job on this one! I use the The Photographer's Ephemeris and have Photopills but have just started to give the whole process a whirl. Wanted to do it while in Captiva this past week, but there was cloud cover every night! I would have used the same stitching technique as you have! Eventually I'll come up with one, but in the meantime I will appreciate yours! Really beautiful image!   Posted: 08/21/2019 14:37:45