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    Posted: 24 September 2018 at 16:49
Had a fun evening in the desert (Joshua Tree NP, CA) a few weeks back. Did some astro by night, then went to the amazing Cholla cactus garden for some dawn photos. All taken with my α77 and, sometimes, a tripod.

1. The milky way against joshua tree silhouettes: quintessential JTNP

Rokinon 16/2 @f/2, 20s, ISO-800, 18 light frames + 10 dark frames processed in LR, Sequator and finishing off in PS. I'm really glad I was finally able to shoot this subject, straight from my bucket list.


2. Quintessential J-tree #2

As above. Surprising amount of light pollution, likely due to haze.


3. Core-ish of the milky way

Sigma 85/1.4 EX DG HSM @f/1.4, 2s, ISO-6400, 46 light frames. I guess this is the least "artistic" photo, but I was surprised by (i) how well the extensive PF produced by this lens was cleared up by LR and (ii) how adequate exposure and averaging can help the α77 make impressive astro photos. Sequator did an incredible job of aligning.


4. Star trails looking north

Rokinon 16/2


5. And the typical "leave the camera snapping overnight" shot

Rokinon 16/2


And for some daylight shots. #6-10 are HDR merged in post.

6. The amazing Cholla cactus garden at dawn.

Rokinon 16/2


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Tamron 18-270 @75mm, f/8


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Tamron 18-270 @75mm, f/8


9.

Tamron 18-270 @90mm, f/8


10.

Sigma 10-20/4-5.6 @10mm, f/8


11. Soft prickly portrait

Minolta 70-210/4 @210mm, f/4


I moved to Sweden shortly afterwards. Love it here but I also count myself so fortunate to have lived within a few hours' drive of that magical place.

Comments + critique highly appreciated and thanks for looking!

Edited by eldonito - 24 September 2018 at 17:31
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2018 at 17:27
All very nice shots!
Too bad about the light pollution from the nearby city for your milkyway shots precluding a clean sky.
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Nice shots indeed. Jealous about your astro shots, despite the light polution. Did some first attempts this holiday, but not even near your work.
The cactus scene looks almost surreal the way you've captured it. TFS.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote C_N_RED_AGAIN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2018 at 21:48
9 would have been awesome if you could get rid of the road. Really like 10 as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2018 at 22:16
As an astro-fan, I really enjoyed the milky way pics (Maybe I slightly prefer them to the star trail pics)

I like how you made the glowing horizon / light pollution part of the pics there.

But then you scroll down and see the sunrise pics. Wow! What a fine set!   Great backdrop, colours and interesting foreground in 8,9,10
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote eldonito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 September 2018 at 08:47
    Thank you for the comments! I think the light pollution was a mixed blessing -- it was a bit annoying as the galaxy core set behind it too early in the evening, but on the other hand it provided a nice backdrop for the plant silhouettes. It definitely was uncharacteristic of this place -- there was a storm in the north (I could see very distant lightning) and so there was a lot of humidity that scattered more light than usual.

    The cholla garden is always a revelation. Last time I was there at dawn the light was a lot sharper and gave cacti have very bright halos as it bounced off their spines. This time it was hazy so the light was much softer. I cropped the road out of #9:



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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 September 2018 at 09:13
    What a beautiful set - each and every one.
    Love the stars, both the 'snapshots' (especially #1) and the trails (#4), and those golden light at dawn images, particularly your re-worked #9.
    I assume you 'light painted' the foreground vegetation in #4?
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote eldonito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 September 2018 at 09:20
    And Fred, I should say, there are many ways to go about astro, but the 16/2 lens made a huge difference for me: It is wide enough to acquire 20s shots with minimal star trailing (on the 24 Mp APS-C), and bright enough to let enough light in. Given sufficient exposure, all you need is a few photos to average and reduce noise. Any other lens that I have is either not wide enough (so need to have briefer exposure) or bright enough (not enough photons go through).
    Other great features:
    -- sharp and pretty coma-less wide-open
    -- hard stop at inifinity focus
    -- relatively inexpensive

    By comparison, a f/2.8 lens would let half the light through, so to achieve the same signal:noise ratio you'd need 2^2=4 times more photos for averaging. That's significantly a lot more exposure / earth rotation / time for things to go wrong :-)

    Thank you for the comments, Jozioau! Didn't do any light painting, but there were a few passing cars. They were a pain actually as their lights bleached out a lot of frames. Still, it's nice to have company out there :-)
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 September 2018 at 10:18
    I really like how you've leveraged the light pollution to create the silhoutte in "2. Quintessential J-tree #2" and I agree with previous commenters that the sunrise images are very good too. Your re-worked version of #9 is stunning.
    C & C always welcome
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote C_N_RED_AGAIN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 September 2018 at 11:06
    9 is much better reworked!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 September 2018 at 11:27
    Quite the astro shots there!
    And would be quite the move from that setting to the cold dark north, did the opposite in moving from Sweden to Australia quite a few years ago now, bit of an eye opener.

    And as a former cactii collector, hope you were careful after dark...those chollas are MEAN things to walk into!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Pavel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 September 2018 at 13:34
    Nice shots TFS!
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