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Alexkc


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Challenge: Stars II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Landscapes
Camera: Nikon D600
Lens: Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD for Nikon
Location: Alba Fucens
Date: Dec 24, 2013
Date Uploaded: Dec 24, 2013

[Dec. 26th, 2013 06:33:18 PM]

Votes: 38
Views: 91
Avg Vote: 7.5000
Comments: 5

Very unexpected, to say the least...

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Yeah! I'm so happy for this unexpected win!

Now I don't have the exact camera settings but I'll had them later (now I am away). Most of the shots I've done were at 6400 ISO and 2.8, exposure around 6-7 seconds.

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I took this shot the Christmas eve, before dinner. I was at my wife's family place in the mountains. Taking the photos has been rather difficult. There was full moon. So I began thinking how I could take a shot of the stars. I had to find out if after sunset (and after blue hour) and before dinner - no more than two hours - there was no moon in the sky. I was lucky - no moon. But I never took a shot with stars there and I wasn't even sure I could considering the light pollution - at the foot of the mountain there's a village.

So I went there (30 minutes drive) before sunset to understand the better position for my camera.

Then I came back to the town centre to visit a friend of mine who has a book store. I had to wait for the night a do a couple of things for my wife. I bought two books for my little son and when I was about to leave we realized that a woman took my books and I lost a lot of time trying to understand what I should do.

So the available time was very short.

I reached the place and I realized that the light pollution was rather strong. But I was able to capture a lot of stars.

Another problem was that I was away and I didn't have the access to a computer with the last version of Photoshop. So I couldn't open my raw file. So after many many tries I ended up using an old version of the program and this thing has not improved the final version.

But anyways it worked out pretty well :)

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01/04/2014 12:37:06 PM
Originally posted by tanguera:

What a saga! Did you ever get the books? Congrats on the blue.


I just gave the books to Andrea :)
01/04/2014 12:09:06 PM
What a saga! Did you ever get the books? Congrats on the blue.
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01/02/2014 03:58:46 PM
Congratulations. It's a beautiful shot.
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01/01/2014 03:45:56 PM
Congrats! It's worth a blue looking at all the effort you did for this.
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01/01/2014 02:47:19 PM
Fantastic job. Congrats on the blue, Alex. There's no way I can catch you now.
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01/01/2014 02:19:03 PM
congrats! I absolutely love it
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01/01/2014 11:18:09 AM
Now that's a nice present from the DPC!
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01/01/2014 09:41:46 AM
What a birthday gift!
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01/01/2014 08:38:52 AM
birthday blue - felic etc
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01/01/2014 05:22:36 AM
Caught a few meteorids as well, did we :-). Congrats signore, great sky!
Happy Birthday and New Year!
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01/01/2014 04:06:00 AM
Congratulations, a fine image.
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01/01/2014 03:14:15 AM
lovely birthday prezzie, Congrats
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01/01/2014 12:14:38 AM
Happy (slightly belated) Birthday Alex. Congrats on your first Blue for 2014!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/31/2013 02:50:55 PM
bump. I would love to be standing where you were. Camera by my side. Beautiful crisp night. Stars as far as the eye can see. Well done in this image. I'm anxious to see your settings.
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12/30/2013 08:04:59 PM
Absolutely beautiful. Makes me feel incredibly insignificant in the whole scheme of things.
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12/30/2013 01:38:21 PM
Incredibly beautiful
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12/27/2013 03:31:12 PM
A beautiful view of the heavens.
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12/27/2013 08:38:41 AM
Have you ever listened to the song "Stars" by Grace Potter? Check it out. This is the perfect illustration. Lovely and simple. Nature at its best. :)
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12/26/2013 08:53:18 PM
These look like Italian stars... with at least two shooting stars!
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12/26/2013 06:26:43 PM
waiting to hear your comments on how you did this, I'm jealous, and top 3
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12/26/2013 04:42:22 PM
well captured. Love the composition
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12/25/2013 04:23:18 PM
Just a bit of light on the mountain side opens it up nicely.
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12/25/2013 12:52:22 PM
stunning
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