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Midnight Forest by BenDiAnna Midnight Forest by BenDiAnna
Pecos National Forest, New Mexico.

Still working on taking these night shots. This one could have come out a little better.
Wish I could get more practice here at home but there's too much light pollution. Damn suburbs...

Canon 5D mkii with 17-40L f/4
Settings:
@17mm
Shutter speed - 40 sec
ISO 3200
Aperture f/4
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Sebastianthesilent Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Gorgeous work!
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lillie23456 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Amazing! This is beautiful!
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Ciel-Nocturne Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
So wonderful... You clearly can't see such a nature spectacle by looking at the sky of your city, where often you can't even see the stairs at all. :( Sorry but I couldn't not notice the comments below this one I'm writing, I so agree with them... it's not a coincidence that my nickname is "ciel nocturne", which is the french version of nightsky. :)
Anyway, as said, wonderful shot. :heart:
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you for the nice comment :)
Sorry I'm late, I've been traveling in Europe for a while :D
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JoInnovate Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You know what. I'm with you :D .

I also take such shots sometimes and i hate it to live in a city like this with so much light pollution. I'm always astonished by the beauty of stars/nightsky/ our universe. I would give so much for the possibility to fly away and see everything out there with my own eyes.

Just look at how overwhelming this is and how small we all are under this spectacle^^

Great pic btw ;)
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student General Artist
The night sky to me has always been awe inspiring, dazzling, and humbling all at the same time. During those moments while looking up, all your problems and the seemingly important things in life that you constantly stress and think about suddenly look small and insignificant; I know that sounds banal but it's true, it's like a reality check. That's why the night sky is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. (look what you did, you got me rambling again ;))

But within our lifetime I expect to see ordinary people being able to take trips into space for fun, if they have the dough. It may not be exploring the galaxy but its a start. :)
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JoInnovate Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
well that's worth rambling about!!!

I think and feel excaclty the same way. I drove for hours to places just to be able to witness a clear nightsky. I mean how crazy does this sound to a person who isn't interested in the universe (smallminded^^)

Well i also think that we will explore at least our solarsystem in a distance to mars in our lifespan and if I'm able to afford it I will buy a flight :D as a spacetourist^^

I don't know if you are into pc games or not but if yes play the games mass effect 1 and 2. After that to will "miss" the universe in a some way.

I also often think about possible civilisations out there. Scientists say that according to calculations there should be about 2 billion civilisations in the whole universe. Imagine that^^ Question is are they peacefull or waraddicted like our civilisation and the other question is who finds the other one first^^

Well you see Im babbling to much too.
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Pondering the unknown alongside hypothetical banter can lead to perpetual confabulation, especially after you've had a few beers ;)
Babble-on... :)
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JoInnovate Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
^^:D what do you think is behind a black hole
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Jimmy Hoffa... 8-)
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JoInnovate Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
lol for sure he disappeared in such a black hole on a parking deck^^
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Well I guess that would be who not what (I thought I was being clever).

Ok, well, how about... hmmm.. well, you would pass the event horizon where no light can escape, inside you might see objects and light distorted in weird ways because of the strong gravitational force, and then you would hit singularity, the point at which everything is being pulled into, then you would die from being stretched apart, but its so fast you won't feel it.

Sorry, college has destroyed my imagination.
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itslina Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
This is absolutely amazing in every way possible. I'm glad you can capture the beauty overhead that most people don't bother to even look at. It's great. Keep it up. I think this has just inspired me to try my hand at this.
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you! Living in a city with light pollution makes me admire the stars even more when I can.
Try it out! Night and astro photography is addicting, you won't want to sleep once your on a roll :D
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cigneska Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Ths pcture s le wTF lol love yt!
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Lozung Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Photographer
I like your work. Keep that up!
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Dzodan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Photographer
Very good! I must try this!
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kevsterman Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunning! :wow:
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Creative--Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Simply stunning... and only a 40 second exposure... wow! :D
I've done some extended exposure work before, but I've always gone for the stars streaking across the sky effect. never tried capturing a shot of the milky way ;) Nicely done.
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Star-trail shots are what I want to start doing more actually. They just take so long to do that it eats up the whole night! Before you know it your watch says 2am, you suddenly realize your exhausted, and you still have an hour walk back to your campsite; at least in my experience :D
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Creative--Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Actually it really doesn't take that long... for my startrail images I do a series of 5 minute exposures. F5.6 ~ F8 (depends on if their is a need for better DOF. Once I do 5 or 6 exposures of a particular area of the sky I can move on to the next... so you're only really doing 25-30 minutes of exposure in one area...
Then you just take your photos and use a free utility called Startrails to merge them all together... :)
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Student General Artist
Well there you go, that just shows I don't have enough experience with it yet :D
I've done 30sec exposures instead of 5mins to cut back on noise, it just requires more pictures, although I still feel like I'm always searching for a sweet-spot in balancing shutter speed and ISO to get the cleanest exposure possible. 5mins is a pretty long exposure for a digital sensor, are you having any noise dilemmas at all?
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Creative--Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
I set my ISO to 100 for long exposures like that. Generally, I try to keep my ISO below 400 otherwise you get noise... noise isn't necessarily from the long exposure, it's actually caused by a higher ISO... :|
So, if you set your ISO to 100, F-Stop to 5.6, focus to infinity, then open the shutter for 5 mins, you'll capture a nice shot... Give it a try and let me know how it turns out :D
I've even done 25 minute exposures with these settings... the only problem with that long of an exposure on my Nikon D40x is that I end up getting a purple haze near the upper right and left corners... :( that's why I switched to 5 minute exposures and then use Startrails to merge them ;)
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Student General Artist
Yeah, I've tried that method on my Canon 40D before with 3-4min exposures but not on my new camera. I've had good and bad results that way even with ISO 100 (the amount of free light available is probably the factor there). Heat also causes bad noise, and with extended exposures the sensor heats up; probably why you got that purple haze in the corners after 25mins. If it's a warm night I suspect doing a few 5min exposures in a row will show higher noise for each progressive shot. It's one advantage film has over digital.
I'll play around with it next week while I'll be out in the desert though, thanks for letting me pick your brain a little :D
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Creative--Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
My pleasure :)
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reluctant-artist-01 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, awesome photo!!!1
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alyzzard Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student Photographer
oh mannnn;
pretty
pretty
prettyyyyy.
makes me wanna go join those starss(:
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FSGPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is gorgeous. There are a lot of night sky photographs floating around, but this is definitely one of the best ones that I've seen.
The colour of the sky is beautiful - I like that it's not just black.
The framing effect of the trees is great, and the fact that they're all pointing in towards the centre of the image helps to lead the eye towards the focus. I also like how the Milky Way stretches diagonally across the shot.

...I have no bad points. Excellent capture. =D
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! I wish there was an option to fav a comment ;)
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FSGPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: You're very welcome!
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MonikaBukowska Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
amazing.....breathtaking
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ficklefucker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow awsome picture, and scary how much it looks like my drawing [link] , right?
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! No kidding, thats quite a coinkadink there. Nice drawing as well sir :D
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ficklefucker Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
Right?! Looking forward to more night shots!
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student General Artist
:+fav: Dude, there's hardly anyone in the world
who is able to get a night shot of the sky like this! D:

This in my opinion deserves a DD! :iconanimefaceplz:
And I seriously mean it! ;)
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow thanks! :la:
I'm really a perfectionist so I'm hardly ever completely satisfied with my photos. :roll:
If you've ever seen Tom Lowe's work [link] he has some really impressive night time work. This is the stuff that I really want to get into ;)
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Whoa, his stuff is really impressive! :omfg:
He's good with his filming and it's fantastic!
And you?

:+fav: Your fantastic with that camera of yours! ;)
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Lillith8810 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is beautiful
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0khiArts Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010   Photographer
HOLY CRAP 0_0 This is just...stunning. I almost feel as if i'm looking up at them myself :heart:
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student General Artist
If we could see the milky way this clearly with just our eyes I don't think I would ever be able look away; I'd lose a lot of sleep :D
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Tabbicatt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice shot. If you had panned a bit more to the right, you would have snagged a shot of the galactic center. It's the center of our galaxy and there's a black hole in there.
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BenDiAnna Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks! I actually got it in a couple later shots that I haven't gone over or processed yet. Hopefully they turned out good, I don't remember!
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