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Featured: 'Oregon's Painted Hills' by WoodWorks

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by WoodWorks, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I took a little ride out to the Painted Hills section of the John Day Fossil Beds in central Oregon last weekend, looking to try out the A7 on the Milky Way in a place where there's very little light pollution. But since I got there well before sunset, and there's not much else to do out there...

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    And wouldn't you know it, after sitting there for hours, being eaten alive by mosquitos (I'm a moron and forgot to bring bug juice), clouds started rolling in just as it got good and dark.

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    Ah well, I still had a great time. And the hills have been there for 7 million years. I figure they'll still be there the next time I try. :D
     

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  2. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Boy David. I feel so bad that you had to settle for those shots. :confused:
     
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  3. Mix

    Mix TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 3, 2014
    Lovely photos especially the last two :)

     
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  4. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
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  5. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I did mess around with it some in Lightroom, but never successfully brightened up the foreground without making it excruciatingly noisy. You (or anyone) are welcome to have a go at the raw file to see what you can do with it, if you like. I've made it available in my dropbox folder.
     
  7. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
    Oh, well, I guess Poki would be one of the best to make the most out of it. And as I'm currently on a trip in the US, I don't have my computer with me, just my iPad. I haven't tried it yet but I think people would take two pictures, one tuned as you did for the sky, and one exposed in order to get the foreground. In the end they consolidate both pictures as layers to get the best exposures from the two pictures.


    Take a look at my gallery and follow me on 500px: http://500px.com/IdealuzPhotography
    Or on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118310489@N03/
     
  8. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yes, that idea did occur to me, but only well after the moon had set and there wasn't anything but (insufficient) starlight falling on the hills. My guess is that this sort of thing takes planning and foresight, two things that I seem to have been short-changed on at birth.

    Ah well, this was my first try at shooting the Milky Way. Next time for sure! :doh:
     
  9. christian

    christian TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Boston MA
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  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Quite nice shots, lovely.
     
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  11. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Very nice David, really enjoyed your pictures.
     
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  12. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Wow, indeed excellent photos of a beautiful scenery!!! Well done David :thumbup:
     
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  13. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Oh, you beat me! I've been thinking about a trip to the Fossil beds and haven't carried through beyond the thought. :biggrin:

    Nicely done series, too bad you got clouded out for the sky stuff, but the Painted Hills stuff more than makes up for it. ;)
     
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  14. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Well, if it goes beyond the thinking stage, let me know. We could have another TalkEmount mini-meetup! :drinks:

    Maybe even get a few of our other PNW'ers to join us!
     
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  15. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    Lovely pictures. Really starting to dislike city life.


    Sent from my iPhone using TalkNEX mobile app
     
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  16. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    That would be cool, but may have to wait. Seems like I went and got me a job. Weird. :p
     
  17. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Oh, nothing good will come from that!!! :tsk: I'm self-employed, and my stupid boss hardly ever gives me any time off!
     
  18. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    I have no doubt, but the bank seems to think I should keep making my regular mortgage payment for some silly reason. :confused:

    The good news is I should be able to get some cool train shots while I'm hauling crews around.
     
  19. southy

    southy TalkEmount Veteran

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    Feb 5, 2014
    Australia
    Cool landscape with nice texture and colours. Pity about the clouds but looks like it was still worth the trip.
     
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  20. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Sounds like a fascinating job, what will you be doing?