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26-05-2012, 08:30 PM
I scoped out this location months ago and I thought it had some great potential for some nightsky scapes, but when I got a chance to go there during the week in near perfect conditions I discovered a bit of a problem. It was pretty much smack bang underneath the Sydney-Melbourne flight path AND the main approach to Albury airport. I have never battled so many planes getting in my shots. I set up for a star trail image with one camera while I did single images with another, and I just watched with dismay as plane after plane flew straight through the field of view. The resulting star trail image is ruined. There is no way I can clone out the shear number of planes in it.
Still, it wasn't all doom and gloom. I managed to snap some images that I am quiet happy with in between the planes. Here is the first one.
Canon 5D Mk II
Pro Optic 14mm lens.
Single 2 minute exposure.
Magic Glove technique.
26-05-2012, 08:50 PM
Sensational Greg, Beautiful spots. The plane trouble should just make you more appreciative of what you've achieved!
26-05-2012, 09:18 PM
I'd be interested in seeing one with the plane trails, sometimes they look very cool!
26-05-2012, 10:33 PM
real nice compo & solid execution, top show ! BTW & sorry, but What is Magic Glove technique ? is this like warming mittens or something ? ? Lol , , nah seriously, i dont know ?
27-05-2012, 12:20 AM
Me too Greg - don't tell us the story &
then don't show the result. :)
You got a great image anyway.
A beautiful image. I just ordered a Canon 5D MKII after seeing the great images done with this camera.
27-05-2012, 07:34 AM
That's a lovely shot, the colors are sublime.
27-05-2012, 08:25 AM
Thank you very much everyone :D I'm glad you like it.
Magic glove or magic cloth technique described here Bob http://www.ephotozine.com/article/technique-and-tips-on-producing-great-landscapes-14858
You wish is my command.......
27-05-2012, 08:37 AM
Hmmm, the squiggly one that's coming in to land at Albury (I guess:P) does draw the eye...
While its does detract from a pure startrail shot it still an interesting shot in its own right.
I can see why you picked that spot. The planes just make it more of a challenge!
27-05-2012, 08:38 AM
Thanks for showing us the pic.
Wow - so many planes!
27-05-2012, 08:44 AM
Even the planes tell a story....
27-05-2012, 09:59 AM
Looks like he flew the holding pattern. Very effective. Lets us now that under this grand tranquil sky is a human element bustling here and there.
27-05-2012, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the great feedback everyone. :D Yeah there are three planes that went into land at Albury (moving from the right of frame to left) and I think I can count ten Sydney/Melbourne (or vice versa) planes on the right of frame. Seems like a very tight holding pattern turn on that lower one but I guess it was also a long way away at the time of the turn.
27-05-2012, 11:24 AM
Very nice captures Greg. :thumbsup: Planes are a pain in the bum, and they're my problem as well. I live on a the same flight path but closer to Sydney.
27-05-2012, 12:42 PM
'Rising Tide' is quite superb.
27-05-2012, 03:41 PM
I agree, Rising Tide is bloomin' brilliant.
How long did you expose the sky for out of your 2 min exposure?
27-05-2012, 04:05 PM
Thank you so much Chris, Martin and Mike :D I'm glad you approve.
Roughly 30 seconds Mike. Give or take a couple of seconds. I just count it out in my head at the start of the exposure and then down comes the glove/cloth/card.
27-05-2012, 06:36 PM
Absolutely beautiful colour range, and lovely settings. Well done.
27-05-2012, 07:34 PM
"Rising Tide" is stunning! You must be stoked.
Such a shame about the plane trails - that would have been a cracker of an image. (I really like the front lighting on the trees.) Maybe you could argue that they're not in fact plane trails... but star trails under gravitational lensing? :)
27-05-2012, 08:11 PM
Thanks Steve :D
Thank you so much Dave :D Really appreciate your great feedback. Yeah I'm really happy with "Rising Tide". Got a few more to process from the same location.
HaHa. Not sure I could argue gravitational lensing very strongly on that one :lol: The front lighting had nothing to do with me. A couple of cars went along the dirt rd behind me an hour or so into the sequence.
28-05-2012, 01:29 PM
Great photo! (Rising Tide) .. brilliant result :thumbsup:
I love the colours you have. Seem all I keep ending up with is dusty yellow/orange ... I need to find myself some water to shoot over I think :)
28-05-2012, 06:22 PM
Thank you very much Roger. :D Shoot in RAW + jpeg and adjust the white balance to taste later or do a click grey point adjustment with the levels tool in PS.
28-05-2012, 09:57 PM
Yes and no :)
If the sky truely does have different gradients of colour like I have dusty lower-mid altitudes of the skies, that shows up in the photo even when using the best white balance combination. You have to do specific removal of the colour from areas (gradient removal or such), still after that not necessarily leaving a nice rich blue like you have, because that's simply not what the sky looked like on the night and not what hit the chip.
03-06-2012, 11:47 AM
Yes Rising Tide is great :thumbsup:
03-06-2012, 02:05 PM
Thank you so much Mike :D
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