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The Tre Cime & Rifugio Locatelli
© James Rushforth, Aug 2016
Climbers: James Rushforth
Camera used: Nikon D810
Date taken: 27th August 2016
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I've had this shot in the back of my mind for ages. Fortunately the stars aligned (quite literally) in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mars and Saturn can be seen just right of the milky way, low in the sky. A technically difficult shot with the light from Rifugio Locatelli playing havoc with the highlights. A higher resolution version can be seen at:
James Rushforth - 29/Aug/16Report
Who was coming or going along the footpath?
jon - 29/Aug/16Report
Hi Jon. Quite a few walkers arriving late on the Alta Via 4 and some climbers returning from Torre Toblino.
James Rushforth - 29/Aug/16Report
OK, I thought maybe you'd set that up too, somehow. That's really late to be arriving in August!
jon - 29/Aug/16Report
Wow, magnificent!
wee jamie - 29/Aug/16Report
If this isn't photo of the week I'll eat my memory card.
Jon Read - 29/Aug/16Report
Brilliant James. Better than your average selfie.
Mike421 - 29/Aug/16Report
Mac fae Stirling - 29/Aug/16Report
Absolutely brilliant James. A magnificent effort and a truly great result
navigator - 29/Aug/16Report
A truly sumptuous photo - brilliant !
Al Todd - 29/Aug/16Report
This is really so cool !
mr mills - 29/Aug/16Report
The light from the hut almost seems an intrusion into this magical skyscape. Some viewpoint.
Sean Kelly - 30/Aug/16Report
Incredible, one of the best shots on UKC (and the internet)! Are you willing to share any more details about the shot, lens and Exposure settings etc? is it a composite?
DaveThexton - 31/Aug/16Report
Thanks very much for all the kind comments everyone :) . Dave it was taken with the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 (at 14mm in this case). You're a good photographer yourself with some nice milky way shots. Talk me through the settings you would have used... (interactive learning for everyone).
James Rushforth - 31/Aug/16Report
Not sure I have totally mastered the milky way shot yet but here's my method. The widest lens I have is the Tokina 11-16 f2.8 so my options are limited. My full frame body essentially reduces this to a 16mm prime. I set the camera to f2.8 and 30 seconds (the maximum exposure time before the star "drift" becomes noticeable at this focal length) and work out the required ISO with a bit of doubling jiggery pokery. Over-exposing a fair bit seems to get the best results for me.
DaveThexton - 31/Aug/16Report
Exactly, spot on :) . At 14mm I get 30 seconds before the stars start to trail. Aperture at 2.8 and then exposure as required using the ISO. In this case I used 3200 for the milky way and 400 for the hut (the light from the hut would blow all the highlights at ISO3200).
James Rushforth - 31/Aug/16Report
So it is two photos superimposed then? Are the mountains in the hut or the sky photo? I find with single night sky photos that the foreground/mountains tend to come out unrealistically overexposed if I do my best to get the stars right.
Robert Durran - 01/Sep/16Report
It's actually a cropped 3 photo panorama (each shot taken in portrait) taken at ISO3200 as even at 14mm it wasn't quite wide enough for what i wanted. Then then hut at ISO400 layer masked over the top to bring back the highlights. The mountains here are shot at ISO3200 Robert - but it was very dark. If you're finding they're ever exposed you can just bring down the highlights and drag the shadows up to try and re-create a more accurate night scene.
James Rushforth - 01/Sep/16Report
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UKC Photos - 04/Sep/16Report
brilliant! I prefer a white balance that brings more blue to the sky and there's a lot of wasted space in the bottom right, but its still a 5+. what exposure time did you need for the hills@iso400? did you expose the hills sky and hut separately?
a light leading to the figure across the foreground would help direct the eye?
franksnb - 05/Sep/16Report
Cracking picture. Evokes a feeling of wonderment and makes me want to go back. PS I always leave my camera in auto mode :P
BigTone - 05/Sep/16Report
Holy star smoke, wonderment indeed. Personally I like the inclusion of the Refugio, the sense of a sanctuary beckoning within the wilds.
The Ivanator - 07/Sep/16Report
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