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That is just stunning.....

 

 

I recall lying on my back in the Thar desert, seeing the milky way.....  

Wish I had your camera (and skills) then (back in the 90's) With today's printing technology.....

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14 hours ago, Dutchy said:

That is just stunning.....

 

 

I recall lying on my back in the Thar desert, seeing the milky way.....  

Wish I had your camera (and skills) then (back in the 90's) With today's printing technology.....

 

Thanks Dutchy. Just like with motorbikes it's "what a time to be alive..."

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7 hours ago, dude said:

That is spectacular !! Not photochopped? Wow 

 

No sir. Edited in Lightroom yeah, but a single exposure with my headlamp to light the foreground. No tricks.

 

3 hours ago, Belfry said:

Bike looks familiar--galaxy too, think I've been there.  :biggrin:  Nice shot.  HDR?  Long exposure?

 

Thanks. 30 second exposure, yes. 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400. Super, super dark night on Big Sur at new moon. Zero natural foreground light.

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Everyone should see the Milky Way on a night like that.  Truly humbling to see how small we are in the universe.  Love that photo.  If you might indulge a few other questions  - for the 30 second exposure, do you carry a tripod on the bike and if not, how do steady the camera?  Also, with an f2.8, how do you get depth of field to keep the subject and the stars both in focus?  

 

Please keep these coming!   Cheers

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When I take night shots, I definitely use a tripod.  You can get light weight tripods and just hang weight to stabilize them (I use one of my diving weights).

 

Fixed 50mm lense works well to get both in focus.  Trick is to set focus when you still have light, then don't mess with it :)

 

Attached is a 15 second exposure in my backyard, milky way with a fisheye lense on an old canon rebel.  

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Now I need to find a spot in the Netherlands NOT polluted by light.......  

Fat chance and No chance....

 

 

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At best I'd see 300 stars or 10% of what could be......

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13 hours ago, Cogswell said:

Everyone should see the Milky Way on a night like that.  Truly humbling to see how small we are in the universe.  Love that photo.  If you might indulge a few other questions  - for the 30 second exposure, do you carry a tripod on the bike and if not, how do steady the camera?  Also, with an f2.8, how do you get depth of field to keep the subject and the stars both in focus?  

 

Please keep these coming!   Cheers

 

Yeah I carry a tripod - a lightweight (but full size) one with a ball head. Anything longer than about 1/10 sec. requires it, especially on a non-IS lens like this one (Rokinon 14mm).  

 

As far as DoF and focus, I set focus on the front fender reflector while I shine a flashlight on it (10x zoomed on live-view to make sure it's perfect). The super wide angle of the 14mm plus the long exposure time help get some additional depth - though if you look closely the stars and sky are pretty muddy. Clarity and sharpening in Lightroom prop them up a bit.

 

I have a couple more from this same trip that I'll post when I get around to doing the ride report. Glad everyone's enjoying this one!

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Great photo!  I have only seen more stars myself when in the Navy and haze gray and underway.

 

When you several hundred miles out at sea you can truly see some night sky's that accurately place us in a proper perspective, as Cogswell pointed out.

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