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Stars and Mars Above Lowell Observatory
Stars and Mars Above Lowell Observatory
jperez1690


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Wide Angle (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ
Date: Oct 15, 2005
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 15 sec.
Galleries: Science and Technology, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Oct 16, 2005

This shot encompasses the Lowell Observatory rotunda and Mars (the bright 'star' in the gap between trees just right of center) during an evening observing program. The dome is softly lit by the cool light of a nearly full moon.

I did need to crop unfortunately, because the angle of the shot lead to an exaggerated vertical perspective effect that people tend to find unsettling. So I corrected for that perspective using the skew tool in Photoshop to make the architecture and trees appear to all be parallel and vertical. This made for a trapezoid shaped image that needed to be cropped back to a rectangle. Since the details said "you should avoid cropping", I took that to mean that cropping, while discouraged, was not prohibited. I believe it was justified in this instance, for the reasons stated. (I could certainly be wrong. Very wrong. I suppose I'll find out.)

Curves were applied to adjust contrast and color. Neat image was used to sharpen details and smooth out noise. Some selective masking was used to keep the dome close to neutral in color. Some dodging was done around the telescope to help pop it from the background. Some minor cloning was done to remove a couple obnoxious hot pixels.

Statistics
Place: 38 out of 253
Avg (all users): 6.1870
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8772
Avg (non-participants): 6.4914
Views since voting: 901
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 230
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/23/2005 04:52:22 PM
The motion blur of the folks in the foreground is unfortunate and detracts from what could otherwise be a very highly rated photo.
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10/22/2005 11:20:27 PM
wow, those people are really grainy and a little soft from movement. I love the sky, but you also have fringy's around your trees where you changed the exposure. still a very nice image.
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10/22/2005 03:24:10 PM
the sky looks really nice..
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10/20/2005 10:39:40 PM
This is beautiful!
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10/20/2005 04:20:49 PM
The clouds and night sky are very mystical. Nice work! - 9
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10/18/2005 11:27:55 PM
too bad those people got in your shot! love the colors
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10/18/2005 09:14:06 PM
very nice!
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10/18/2005 12:53:11 PM
Is this Kirbic? Astronomy pics are so wonderful! 8
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10/18/2005 12:22:17 AM
Fit Challenge Criteria: 2/2
Contrast/Color: 2/2
Composition: 2/2
Photo Quality: 2/2
My Subjective Affinity: 2/2

Great work here. The exposure is really well done. How did you capture the stars without trails? I would love to know.
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10/17/2005 01:56:41 PM
Lovely contrast in color between the cool roof and sky and the warm lighted area.
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10/17/2005 08:02:58 AM
Oh this is cool. I like how the lights below mimic the stars and planets in the sky. Very cool.
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10/17/2005 03:23:27 AM
This is a beautiful image.. I kind of wish you had stepped back and maybe to the left just a tad to get the viewers' feet in the image and perhaps fill the space with just a tad more of the observatory... but that's not too big of a deal. Really great job with exposure and difficult lighting. Very nice. Good luck.
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