It was a fine clear night so we decided to try a little astrophotography. There is a lot of light pollution in our area so our original shots, SOOC, looked like this:-
Using the tools in Lightroom 3 I fiddled. I found Blue Hi-Contrast Filter returned the sky to something like its 'normal' colour. Increasing the exposure revealed more stars and taking the black to its limit made a more interesting shot. Barry experimented with stacking photos a while ago and it is something we will investigate further. This photo is not stacked.
Looking at this makes me realise afresh that we see only one tenth of what is up there. It looks pretty crowded, doesn't it?
It's amazing! Honest. That first photo looks like you took a shot of some woodchipped wallpaper. It is amazing that some clever fiddling makes it look like the second photo.ReplyDelete
There must be life out there somewhere, don't you think?
Wonderfully crowded. You wonder what it's like close up.ReplyDelete
wow..very crowded indeed..thanks for dropping in at backpackerReplyDelete
Awesome shots of the stars and sky! It is amazing how many stars are really out there. Happy skywatching.ReplyDelete
the sky is beautiful to lie back and watch... interesting, thanks :-)ReplyDelete
Wow, what a difference that made! Look at all those stars! Awesome!ReplyDelete
You did a great job processing that photograph!ReplyDelete
Amazing how tools can help us make the photos we wanted to take in the first place. Lovely!ReplyDelete
What a terrific capture, Janice! I've had the same thing happen with a couple of moon shots and I used the tools in Picasa to create the contrast and darken the sky. It doesn't always work perfectly but does a great job most of the time. Love your "starry, starry night"! Hope you have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
The second shot is awesome. It is crowded over there.ReplyDelete
wow, I haven't seen stars as many as that especially now that it is raining here everyday.ReplyDelete
thanks for visiting topics on earth and have a great weekend!
It's amazing what you can do! Great shots of the stars!ReplyDelete
Amazing what emerged from the first photo! A great idea to present both photos! Yes! The world up there could be more crowded than we realise!ReplyDelete