Featured Milky way (Galaxy) from Cyprus

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Alex_Apo, May 1, 2017.

  1. Alex_Apo

    Alex_Apo TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jul 18, 2015
    Cyprus
    Last year didn't had the opportunity for many galaxy shots because after the one and only time that we went for photos, I sold my wide angle and had no lens!! In September when I bought the Samyang 12mm, I was looking forward to this time. "Milky way season".
    We decided to go at Aphrodite's Rock, a very well known spot here in Cyprus and also with low light pollution for astrophotography.

    That night I finally take the shot that I always wanted, a full arch of milky way!! Panorama of 13 vertical frames.
    This lens is absolutely incredible for astrophotography!!!


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    33529286193_d65ee2e989_h. Aphrodite's Arch by Alex Apostolopoulos, on Flickr

    33553775193_230d8ba751_h. Searching for the galaxy by Alex Apostolopoulos, on Flickr

    I took this last shot before we left, because i wanted to try Sigma 30mm at @1.4

    "The Core" 13sec - f/1.4 - ISO 3200

    DSC02953.

    Until next month... :)

    @NickCyprus@NickCyprus Next time you definitely have to come together!!!
     
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  2. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Feb 14, 2016
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    Paul
    Excellent, that's inspiring, maybe I'll have to venture out and try some astro photography, although it's always overcast where I live.
     
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  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Beautiful pics @Alex_Apo@Alex_Apo !!!
    Wish I can make it next time ;)
     
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  4. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Good results...bought the same lens for the same purpose...just now getting ready to try it out on Milky Way shots here this summer...glad to know the lens lived up to its astrophotography rep...(mine will just be whatever I can get with single shots).
     
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  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Never done these, but the results are stunning
     
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  6. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Wow! Great shots! Astrophotography of this type is something I've always wanted to try... alas, our metro area has far too much light pollution, so I'll need to get out into the hinterlands some time soon.

    So, once again, let me say... great photos Alex!
     
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  7. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Really nice work Alex. That Rokinon 12 is so sweet. It's the one lens I wish I didn't sell when I went primarily FF.

    I would love to try some serious Astro, but the NY metro area is probably one of the worst places on the planet for such photography. I guess I'll just have to live through you. ;)
     
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  8. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Fantastic Alex!!
    This is also on my photo bucketlist. The light pollution hides so much, even a good ways out of my city limits, the Milky Way wasn't this prominent.
     
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  9. Alex_Apo

    Alex_Apo TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jul 18, 2015
    Cyprus
    Thank you Paul!!!

    Thank you Nick!! I wish the same ;)

    Thank you roundball!!! Yes the lens lived up very well to its astrophotography reputation!!!!

    Thank you Dave!!!!

    Thank you Steve!!!

    Thank you very much Gary!!! (Try to use dark sky map - light pollution map)

    Thank you Will!!!!
     
  10. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    Pretty excited to give this a try. Making it look easy
     
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  11. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    As an update... Fingers crossed I'll have good weather. In the rockies till Tuesday. Hoping to point my 12mm skyward some night
     
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  12. chalkdust

    chalkdust TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2015
    Bert Cheney
    ooo - I hope it works for you. I love these images...
     
  13. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    am I doing it right?
    MilkyWay2017.rockies.

    (seriously) First time with the 12mm pointed at the night sky.
    Any pointers welcome. I was sure I could have taken the Arch shot last night. But wasn't entirely sure how to compose the shots needed in vertical. I think by the end of the time out there by the lake I had it figured out, but needed to switch tripods to make it work and that was too much effort. (we were in shorts @ 39 degrees) who knew 10k+ elevation had an adverse effect on weather conditions ... Will try again this evening weather permitting
     
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  14. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    my horizon line is off, and I could have cropped it to correct. But then you'd be missing the partial reflection of the stars in the lake. You can still see snow on the mountains in the distance. Still getting the hang of processing these types of images.

    MilkyWay2017.rockies-2.
     
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  15. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 17, 2015
    ...and just last night I was noticing how the light pollution was lighting up the scattered clouds we had, making for an interesting shot of the moon.
    Hard to imagine there are that many stars hidden out there for want of a dark sky.
    Amazing shots guys, keep 'em coming!
     
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  16. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Good shot(s) Unlo...are you using Lightroom to merge / stack them or some other software?
     
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  17. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    Currently the shots you see above were processed only in light room. Single exposures. No merging or stacking. However, I did take a few series to try out those procedures.
     
  18. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    Very nice, Matt, and your first time to boot... May I ask what settings you were using? I've been experimenting in my back yard with a 20mm. Not expecting stellar results (ha!), since I am on the edge of a small city, but using recommended settings seems to result in very over-exposed images. I need to try in a rural setting but have not been able to get out of town just yet, and the Milky Way season for the northern hemisphere is winding down from what I have read (maybe into early October).
     
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  19. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    I followed the settings listed in the OP. 15 second exposures. F2. Iso 2500~3200. Yes what you mentioned is true I may be beyond the time of the year to get a good arch shot. Still going to try and see what I come up with... I have a few other things in mind, reflection / painting ideas to try as well.
     
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  20. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    so... I know theres a more technical way to align / stack / merge with photoshop. I went the easy way and just merged in Lightroom (probably not nearly the same effect) 9 images. then i did that 'slider' thing. here's what i got

    MilkyWay2017.rockies-3.
     
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