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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2018 at 05:12
Milky Way
Sony a6000, Rokinon12mm f.2
Sonora Pass, Sierra Nevada elev. 10,000ft
Exp: 25 sec   ISO: 3200 f.2: 12mm


Milky Way taken at Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada's California by Coast

Earlier in the day it had been raining, there are major fires thru out California. There was no smoke, no clouds, very calm. No light pollution at all and no moon! I think it was as good as it gets.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2018 at 14:04
Milky Way Photography has an appeal to me but for some reason I've never tried it. It is interesting that images look like there is some kind of structure or something solid but in reality there is nothing solid out there or that is what we have been told.
It looks like you had some nice, quiet time with universe or at least you got some fresh air in your lungs.   
Your image looks high in contrast and for this kind of photography is not the best choice because most of mid tones are lost and image looks almost two dimensional which can be just fine for some other images. In here you want to see all the shades possible to get the third dimension which is depth. Do I make any sense? You may also experiment with all kinds of compositions like try to include more of land or other objects and see how that works.
It is great fun experimenting and spending any time in nature is priceless.
Sorry to hear about fires, stay safe!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2018 at 08:44
Svjetlana, thank you so much for this reply and advise. I thought for a while on this answer because it was a special night. This one photo is at the extreme on my pp. I tried to get colors, although the Milky Way was totally white in a totally dark night. So I understand where you are coming from, hopefully some of my shots in these albums exhibit some better depth dimensions.

I have around 80 photos posted in these 2 albums
https://flic.kr/s/aHskibr7Hf
https://flic.kr/s/aHskifB9NU

I was at a pretty high ISO, yet I never did see the Milky Way in my LED. I had bought the Rokinon especially for this shoot. When I was there I realized a fisheye would have been better because the Milky Way was overhead from horizon to horizon. It was a new lens at the time as was the a6000. I probably would not have gotten as good aperture w a fisheye.

My 1st photos were taken at Mono Lake (eastern side of Yosemite) but it was too dark, I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. I left there after a few photos and went up 2 or 3 thousand ft to the top of the Sierras were I took the majority of my photos.

Up there was one of the most magical times I've had. You seemed to have surmised that.
It was absolutely breathtaking, the sky was full of stars much like the photo. At 10,000ft elevation and midnight each shone like a diamond. The Milky Way was up overhead from horizon to horizon in all its Majesty. I was truly in Mother Nature Grand Cathedral. The whole time I thought, How lucky humans are to be able to witness such beautiful natural wonders, How lucky I was.

I got into the "zone" and didn't stop, didn't leave until the moon started coming up, taking away the dark. I hope everyone has a special moment like that, in whatever form it takes.

Thank You Svjetlana. You seem to know how "priceless" these are🌹________Joseph



Edited by Coast - 14 January 2018 at 08:47
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2018 at 16:01
Joseph: You are very welcome!
It seems like you had some magical times. How wonderful! I know that those experiences are not possible to describe and make us silenced. That is the way it should be. There is no need to express everything we experience. Some things should be kept only to ourselves even thou we like to share those special experiences with our closest family and friends. Some things can not be described they can only be experienced. I am glad you had one of those. You have access to beautiful area of USA and I hope that you make good use of this opportunity.
I know when I go to about 1000m elevation, which is only one third of what you mentioned, sky gets very pretty with its countless shiny bright stars. I witnessed some people even cry when they saw that kind of sky. They have never seen sky like that in their life. It is certainly something special.   
I have looked in your albums you mentioned. There are nice images there.
I suggest you share here on Dyxum first image in row#7 from the first album. It almost has an abstract feel to it. Good job Joseph and keep enjoying what you do.

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