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#41 KaingU Lodge

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 10:00 PM

Another one: 

 

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 11:00 PM

Let's have tech specs and settings...


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Posted 17 February 2015 - 06:34 AM

Tech specs; 

 

EOS 1D MK IV with Sigma 8-16 f4.5 - f5.6.  

These pictures were: 

10mm focal length 

ISO 800 

F6.3 for a 30 second exposure 

On a tripod obviously! 

A bit of torch light on the foreground 

A Poncho over me and the gear 

 

A bit of random messing around in Lightroom afterwards.  Colour balance and upping the shadows and blacks.  



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 09:49 PM

So I am just tooling around ST...and come upon this. Such amazing shots. Thanks for popping up somehow and I found it all!

 

I love stars....and moons....and thunderstorms!

 

@KaingU Lodge. outstanding photos!


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 09:53 PM

So I am just tooling around ST

 
Technical term @graceland? :D

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 10:48 PM

 

So I am just tooling around ST

 
Technical term @graceland? :D

 

 How well you know me and my lack of technical anything. Tooling around is a term...trying to learn a new tool- (tech wise);

 

But going" here and there" to find it. I stumbled over the lovely pics.  

 

Now I need to go on a night safari.  Maybe at KaiingU!

:blink:

 

SO I am really trying to figure out how to remove parts of a video; I know...HOW did I land on "Stars and Night"  :ph34r:



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Posted 16 March 2015 - 02:08 PM

Star gazing last night.  

 

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Then we couldn't resist playing around with the green laser: 

 

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Tech specs: 

 

Aperture: F2 

S/Speed:  mix of 15 and 30 secs 

ISO: 800 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 02:46 PM

I love this thread. 

 

Last year I rented a lens for some night/stars photos in SLNP in August but we couldn't quite get the hang of it (it was a Rokinon 24 mm f/1.4ED).  Also, there weren't a ton of stars out while there (partially due to the blood moon I think) which was a bummer (for us and probably all the predators too).  Going to have to try again in June this year - these pictures are pretty inspiring. 


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 03:56 PM

I would think June would be much better @Novelectro.  Less dust and particles in the air from all the bushfires.  

 

We also tried pointing out the Crux.  This was not so easy, as the laser pointer had to be approximated on each of the four stars before switching on otherwise the beam was all over the exposure, so it was a real hit and miss affair.  

 

Peter's photos have also inspired me to try some trails as a next venture into night skies - if my old macbook doesn't melt from all the merging that is....!  

 

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 02:48 AM

@KaingU Lodge

 

Neat!!  Did you just use a torch to light the foreground?


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:23 PM

Excellent @KaingU Lodge!

 

For star trails, remember to expose a bit less than for these, otherwise the stars become a bit overpowering.


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Posted 06 April 2015 - 10:41 AM

@KaingU Lodge

 

Neat!!  Did you just use a torch to light the foreground?

 

Sorry Geoff - delayed response!  Yes, a tiny keychain type LED torch on the foreground. 

 

 

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South Luangwa last weekend.  

 

f2.0 

30 sec exposure 

ISO 800 

22mm focal length.  


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Posted 06 April 2015 - 03:54 PM

@KaingU Lodge, I particularly like these that almost look like they were taken almost during daytime. I presume this is done under a nearly-full moon?

 

Perhaps 1/2moon as about the best time, as this is possibly a little too bright?

 

I have also recently read a very interesting article (https://photographyl...g-the-milky-way) where the writer mentions that he feels focusing on the foreground is not sufficiently accurate, so he focuses on the foreground for the "lit" shot, then on the stars, and then stacks the images together. I presume that, except for star trails, he would have to clone out or otherwie remove the stars from the foreground image?

 

Here is my latest attempt, not really safari though...

 

This is a five-image stack including two with lightning and three with vehicles passing.

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Matt, Nikon D7000 + old manual-focus Nikkor 50mm f2 AI-S lens. 10 second exposures at f16 and ISO100.


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Posted 10 April 2015 - 02:16 PM

Very nice @Peter Connan.  

 

Yep, moon was out.  

 

I must give stacking a try - maybe tonight if the unseasonable cloud would lift.  The path the lightning is taking in your shots is incredible.


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Posted 10 April 2015 - 02:47 PM

@KaingU Lodge, if you do stack, I recommend StarStax. It's freeware and very easy to use!


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Posted 10 April 2015 - 05:09 PM

Not sure if this counts, it's just a little moon...

 

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Handheld with Nikon D7000 and 500f4 + 1.4 Teleconverter.

1/250th, f8, ISO250.


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Posted 12 April 2015 - 08:39 PM

Sunset, crecent Moon and Venus, at Namiri Plains Camp, Serengeti NP, Tanzania late March 2015.

(Nikon D700 + 50mm f/1.8, wide open, 1/125sec, ISO 900)

 

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Posted 18 April 2015 - 02:41 PM

A couple from our recent trip. The first one with lightening taken in Karoo NP South Africa and the second at Urikaruus in Kgalagadi TP.  I bought the app 'Sky Guide' for my Ipad and its great helping you find objects in the sky. Learned a lot and could see we got the large and small magellanic clouds in the second shot. Pen

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 06:27 PM

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~ @penolva:

 

Stunning!

 

Thank you for explaining how you used your iPad to locate this.

 

It's highly welcome to see such astronomical images in Safaritalk.

 

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 06:30 PM

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~ @Peter Connan:

 

What a TERRIFIC “little moon”!

 

I'm especially grateful for the technical settings.

 

When I enjoy an image like this, I find myself wondering what technical settings were involved.

 

Very nice — Thanks!

 

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