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Re: The Milky Way – By Canon 1100 D(a) & Vixen Polarie

In 2012 I did a post about imaging the Milky Way combining it with a photogenic foreground (https://wp.me/p1aVSr-A8). The images were taken more than five years ago now, using a Vixen Polarie  and a modified Canon 1100 D – which makes it a 1100 D (a). Back then I took a set of images of the same subject, with exposure times up to 5 minutes, hoping that there might be some software out there for stacking star images and combining them with a static foreground image, preferably (but not always) taken with the same camera settings prior to the others. The only difference: turning off the tracker device while shooting the foreground. The shown images in this post are all composites, with a “tracked” background and a “non-tracked” foreground, using PixInsight (stacking), Gimp (merging), Viveza (local adjustments) and Lightroom (general adjustments). Next step will be putting together a mosaic of a set of stacked images of our Milky Way, taken in August 2013, East coast Australia. Enjoy!

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South Tyrol, Italy, left: 5 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 423 sec. for the stars and 179 sec. for the foreground…

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The Dolomites, Italy, left: 6 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1024 sec. for the stars and 25 sec. for the foreground…

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Großglockner Ridge, Austria, left: 14 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1318 sec. for the stars and 357 sec. for the foreground…

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The Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, left: 23 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1191 sec. for the stars and 169 sec. for the foreground…

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Brennkogel and Hochtor, Großglockner High Alpine Road, Austria, left: 10 images stacked with Pixinsight, right: final image with a total of 1625 sec. for the stars and 25 sec. for the foreground…

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2012 – A Year In Twelve Images

´A Year In Twelve Images` is a self-appointment which reflects in a subjective way the shots of the past year I like most. The real challenge of this deed is to narrow down all of the images and to select not more than twelve photos,  which you think of that they are ´worthy`. Having done that, you can send the list/blog post to Jim Goldstein´s blog, a professional photographer based out of San Francisco; more info here: http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2012/12/17/blog-project-best-photos-2012/ . A lot of the pros I´m ´following` since two years now are participating too in this project and it´s good to know/to see what they are up to. This is my second year as a “full-time-hobby-photographer” and I´m very grateful that I can live this life – photography fuels my soul like nothing before. With this in mind: Do what you love and love what you do! Enjoy!

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BestOf2012-1

Star trails over the Dolomites @ Passo di Giau, 2300 m/7600 ft., -10°C/14°F, Italy…

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BestOf2012-2

A so-called Sun Pillar showing up during sun set, Upper Bavaria, Germany…

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Moving clouds and still visible stars during nautical twilight/early morning, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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Sunrise and the transit of Venus, 06/06/2012, over the ridge of the Bavarian Forest, Germany…

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The Milky Way, reddish hydrogen-alpha nebulae and green airglow @ Großglockner Mt., Austria…

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BestOf2012-7

Lunar occultation of Jupiter, 07/15/2012, from center to top: Venus, constellation of Taurus, Crescent Moon, Jupiter;  seen from Bologna, Italy…

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BestOf2012-5

Star trails over the woods of Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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The stars and the Milky Way reflecting in a pristine mountain lake, South Tyrol, Italy…

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The stars and Venus are shining bright over the Dolomites early morning, while the city lights of Auronzo lying under a blanket of high clouds, Italy…

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A view of the Milky Way, with the constellations of Cepheus and Cygnus and its reddish hydrogen-alpha nebulae, on a clear September night, Lower Bavaria, Germany…

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The setting crescent Moon, accompanied by Mars (next to Moon) and Antares, over the city of Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, Russia…

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Twilight at the end of the day @ Passo di Giau, the Dolomites, Italy…

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Always Good Light, Cheers!!!

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Großglockner Star Trails

 

Here is a quick update from my recent trip to the Austrian and Italian Alps. Just developed this shot and thought I´d have to share it with you. Never have seen such a dark and clear sky like this one at the 15th Sept. 2012. From my viewpoint at around 2400 m/7870 ft, I had a pretty good view towards Großglockner Mt., Austria´s tallest mountain, reaching 3798 m/12460 ft. The light to the left is the Erzherzog-Johann-Hütte, the highest grounded alpine hut around the Eastern Alps at 3454 m/11230 ft, while the Glockner-Wand is towering to the right. Standing in front of the entrances of two small tunnels, which were built for the hikers for safety reasons, its been a bit scary sometimes, hearing the water dripping from the ceilings, but not seeing anything due to the pitch black night. I also tested my new toy, the Vixen Polarie, but those images will come later, as I have first to get PhotoShop and to figure out how to compose the sharp foreground with the sharp background – will see…

This is a 65 min. single shot, f 5.0, Iso 100, Pentax k-x, Pentax 18-55@30 mm, Lightroom 4 only…..more to follow! By clicking at the image, it will lead you to my gallery site to a similar shot (stacked of 7 single shots) with the MilkyWay. Enjoy!

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Großglockner Mt. Startrails 

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