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The Milky Way hangs above the K6 massif (7282m) and Kapura, Charakusa Base Camp, Pakistan
© Jon Griffith
grunon - 30/Oct/12
Amazing photo Jon...
mr mills - 30/Oct/12
You do like using your camera in the dark, Jon. Is this intentional or just late back?
Sean Kelly - 01/Nov/12
Thanks all. This one was intentional. It actually took a few nights to work out the right lighting condition so you could pick out the Milky Way as well as some reflection off the K6 massif- ie just the tiniest amount of moon so as to bring out the mountains, but not enough so as to wash out the sky.
Jon Griffith - 02/Nov/12
What's the settings for exposure. Iso etc.
Alex Slipchuk - 04/Nov/12
Wow! Did you have someone paint the foreground with light whilst you took the exposure?
Matt Vigg - 05/Nov/12
Exposure time 25secs. I couldnt go any higher. Even 30 seconds and it was too much blurring on the sky. I dont know how some people claim to be able to shoot for 30 seconds with a wide angle as I'm shooting 16mm here and it wouldnt work (I guess with some post processing you could make it work).
Its on a tripod. I hit the shutter. Ran over to the tents. Went in each one for a few seconds, zipped them closed, and shone the headlight inside so as to expose them but not burn them out. Then I painted the foreground a bit as well.
Jon Griffith - 05/Nov/12
Hi Jon, another stunner, keep em coming. I was in the same neck of the woods in 2011 using a 14mm on a 5D MkII and got the following result:
There is a tiny amount of movement in the stars which you can't make out at this resolution but the larger problem is noise. I used a plug in from Topaz to help reduce the colour noise. I now have the 5D MkIII but have yet to experiment properly at night with its better low light capabilities.
Ice Nine - 06/Nov/12
Thanks Stuart, it was that great shot that first made me think about getting a similar one when I was out there. To be honest I find it kind of hard as whilst you can definitely see the Milky Way out there you cant see it as well as even I've shot it- you can go so overboard on the exposure and photoshop thats its kind of tempting but I dont know....maybe I'm a bit too silly about it all...I just kind of like to represent what I can see. In the same way that I've really never been able to see the Milky Way out in the Alps with my own eyes it doesnt interest me to shoot it if that makes sense?
Jon Griffith - 07/Nov/12
Yes, I know what you mean but then it's like painting with light or star trails shots, it's not something you see but it's there or it happens. I used to look at pictures of the Milky Way and wonder where on earth you got such clear skies that you could see so much. On any clear night in the Lakes you can see the Milky Way but not in such detail. I'm better informed now and have great fun 'creating' night shots. Cheers Jon, maybe see you at Kendal?
Ice Nine - 12/Nov/12
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Yes I"ll be at Kendal, looking forward to it!
Jon Griffith - 12/Nov/12