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bmike-vt 03-02-2019 11:29 AM

Milky Way, Lake Lila
Milky Way over Lake Lila

Thinking back on a wonderful summer, and likely my last in the US for some time - I spent a few days in the Adirondacks working, and managed to hike into one of my favorite places to do some night photography.

This is a slightly re-processed image of the Milky Way over Lake Lila, in the heart of the Adirondack Park.

This multi image mosaic was shot with a Vixen Polarie tracker aligned to Polaris. The tracker rotates at the same rate as the earth under the stars - so once aligned longer exposures are possible. I took two images for each of 12 camera positions for the sky and stacked / medianed them to knock down the noise. I then stitched the stacked images from the sky and combined them with 3 images that were stitched for the foreground and lake that were taken at the end of the sequence without the star tracker running. The image took over an hour to acquire, (plus the hike in, waiting, and hike out) and countless hours processing as I'm still learning how best to process mosaic astro landscape images. Way over Lake Lila (re-processed 2-27-19) by Mike, on Flickr

Deb dePeyster 03-03-2019 08:05 AM

That gave me chills. Beautiful, thank you.

bmike-vt 03-05-2019 11:48 AM


Originally Posted by Deb dePeyster (Post 273326)
That gave me chills. Beautiful, thank you.

Thank you!

Hear the Footsteps 03-05-2019 06:59 PM

Thanks for the picture. And it's helpful to read about what it takes to get it.

Zach 03-06-2019 01:23 PM

That's a beautiful picture. I hope that you'll have nice outdoor places wherever you're going next.

bmike-vt 03-09-2019 04:44 PM


Originally Posted by Hear the Footsteps (Post 273376)
Thanks for the picture. And it's helpful to read about what it takes to get it.

Thank you Don. Photography has been a labor of love.

bmike-vt 03-09-2019 04:45 PM


Originally Posted by Zach (Post 273388)
That's a beautiful picture. I hope that you'll have nice outdoor places wherever you're going next.

Moving to Switzerland, so assuming I can get out of town Iím pretty sure they have pretty mountains there. Not sure on how dark the sky will get...

serotonin 03-14-2019 04:25 AM

God took the stars and he tossed 'em
Can't tell the birds from the blossoms
You'll never be free of me
He'll make a tree from me

Don't say goodbye to me
Describe the sky to me
And if the sky falls, mark my words
We'll catch mocking birds

Frankonix 03-28-2019 03:08 PM

That looks amazing, bmike!

bmike-vt 03-28-2019 03:48 PM


Originally Posted by Frankonix (Post 273844)
That looks amazing, bmike!

Thank you!

Frankonix 04-02-2019 01:12 PM

Hoping to see more photos in the long run. :)

JerseyHighlander 04-16-2019 06:46 PM

I don't know what's more impressive, the picture itself or the method by which you've whittled it from the sky.

Frankonix 04-17-2019 02:12 PM

Yup, might have taken a long time to capture.

Adirondackiteer 05-28-2019 10:26 PM

Wonderful image! I love these night shots and hope to try similar some time, maybe even try to get some galaxies with a long lens, but it's out of my capabilities and free time at the moment. I have messed around with some star trail shots, much easier to do.

If I may ask, how many hot or dead pixels do you have to deal with for these long exposure night sky photos? I just picked up a better body (used, only way I can afford the good stuff) but it seems to have quite a lot (I forgot, but like over a dozen) and it was becoming quite a pain to edit these out of every frame in a multi frame image. I wonder if I should look for another body for night sky stuff. It seems to work great with nice wide shots like in the St Regis paddle thread I just posted to.

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