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15-08-2012, 02:38 AM
The viewing angle isn't as dramatic as the first, but this is the scene from the other direction. Taken about an hour before the first, just as the moon rose. Once again, straight off the camera with minimal adjustment.
15-08-2012, 05:18 AM
Absolutely incredible, Colin!
15-08-2012, 07:02 AM
:eyepop: :eyepop: :eyepop: :eyepop: :eyepop: :eyepop: :eyepop: :eyepop: :eyepop:
I think that just abouts sums up my reaction. No. Wait. I think I need one more :eyepop:
15-08-2012, 07:07 AM
I have no words.
15-08-2012, 07:25 AM
:eyepop:Ok you win, you beat the last guy who put a geyser up just the other day....
Best image I have seen presented here. Now this should be on the cover of a book/magazine.
If you eneter it and this doesn't scoop the Malin's in it's category then I will be more than surprised.
Stunning, inspiring. Just plain old lovely image.
PS just gone back and looked at your other image, geez talk about torn between two... I just don't know.
One on the front of the book and one on the back cover - problem solved.
Reminds me of the types of maths problems we had to solve at school.
Lovely shot Colin !
15-08-2012, 09:18 AM
Hmmm?, lets seeeee?...ummmm? I need a Geyser..?..and how about a moon bow aaand :question:..oh yeh, I'll add a setting Milky Way too, juuust for a bit of background drama...yep, that should look good :D
Amazing... but it really needs a meteor :shrug: sheesh, get your act together Col :rolleyes:
15-08-2012, 09:28 AM
Cracking shot Colin.
15-08-2012, 09:33 AM
:rofl:... almost mate! 3 images previous a Perseid showed up next to the LMC! :eyepop: . I've had a hell of a lot of bad luck doing this gig, but that night was pure gold.
15-08-2012, 02:46 PM
Another fantastic image Colin! Looks like a spectacular part of the world.
15-08-2012, 04:19 PM
15-08-2012, 05:09 PM
Colin, I am afraid one geyser is not going to cut it any more. In order to impress us you'll need to try harder and wait for two or three to erupt simultaneously.
Absolutely breathtaking and you bettered the other image in my opinion.
It's great that we can see these cool places with your eyes, keep them coming and I hope you did a timelapse there...
15-08-2012, 06:03 PM
I do like this and your other geyser shot. They are unique and interesting, definitely a first as far as I have seen for astrophotography. You are on to a great idea with them.
IMO I prefer several of your other shots over these, I think only because of composition and colour. I thought the first geyser shot was trying to be too symmetrical with the geyser in the centre and not quite working for me, even though it had excellent elements like the beautiful smooth geyser, moon and background stars being good quality. I would have positioned it something like where you did in this second shot, but I now find the large expanse of rock/ground on the right too dominating, so I still prefer your other shots while respecting these for their uniqueness :)
Out of the two geyser shots I think the first wins for me. The smoothness of that geyser and the wafting of the spray in the breeze you can feel, it's like being there and having an almost silent breeze drifting past your ear, or like the sound of ice crystals from a guyser on a distant moon drifting and slowly falling on the planet below. The shadow is a great leading line too.
One question - Were you close enough to have issues with spray on the camera or how did you deal with that?
15-08-2012, 06:06 PM
Goddam it, Colin. Would you please stop posting utterly amazing photographs, so that I don't have to log on to congratulate you? :)
I'm gobsmacked. It's as if I could just reach out and touch the galaxy .....
15-08-2012, 08:42 PM
Simply beautiful Colin.
I do tend to agree with Roger, though. Both unique in their beauty, but, the first one grabs me by the booboo.
15-08-2012, 10:43 PM
Beautiful photo Colin.
15-08-2012, 10:48 PM
Thanks Mike. Shot details? 24mm,f/2.8,iso3200,20s.
Very kind Greg, thanks! I hope you have a few more up your sleave for others. ;) Hope that sunspot flares up for you today!
Too kind Peter, but I really appreciate your enthusiasm. thanks a lot!
Words not needed. Glad it moved you. :)
Thanks RB. Fortunately, nature did the calc for me. Brain was operating on 1 cylinder that night..
15-08-2012, 11:10 PM
Cheers Stephen. It is a really beautiful part of the world. Just about the perfect location for otherworldly nightscapes.
Sorry mate, only 1 good water geyser going off in that field at once. There are a few smaller steamers though.
Re. timelapse, I had the usual dilemma of whether to take one 3 hour shot (timelapse) or a number from various angles. I chose the latter because I wasn't sure what would happen until it happened. I did do one on the second night, but a wider shot incorporating all the activity. I attempted a dolly move from close in, but the wind changed during setup and the geyser sprayed the dolly beam which instantly turned to ice. -15C the second night, so no hope of clearing it off.
Thanks Roger, appreciate the feedback. Yes, both observations trouble me to some degree too. I generally avoid centred compositions, but couldn't really avoid it with all the competing elements in that first shot. If I put the geyser left I loose the spray curtain, if I put it right I loose the shadow. Also wanted to include all the interesting constellations and planets. Composition is always a tough one. I do have some other shots which focus more on the foreground with the geyser out to the left. I'll post one in a bit.
It's my 2nd go at geysers at night. I did El Tatio a couple of years ago around full moon. Been itching to do it again with less moon and more stars.
Yes, I got spray on the lens which instantly turned to ice. Fortunately, it was towards the end. As mentioned above, my dolly was rendered useless by the spray.
Sorry for the hassle mate. ;)
Thanks H! Yeah, 1st one grabs me more too. The forward lighting is really dramatic and the scene has more of that otherworldly element that I'm searching for.
16-08-2012, 09:41 PM
WOW, that is amazing!
17-08-2012, 12:27 PM
Absolute peach of a shot! Definitely wins in the category of "How many cool and unusual natural features can be squeezed into an extremely pretty image". Love it!
An absolute beauty!!! :thumbsup:
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