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Challenge: Free Study 2016-07 (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Sony Alpha a7rII
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
Location: View over Todd Lake, Oregon toward Mr. Bachelor
Date: Jul 4, 2016
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 2500
Shutter: 25 seconds
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2016

The photo was taken on July 4, 2016 at 1:03 am looking over Todd Lake, Oregon toward Mr. Bachelor and the Milky Way.

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08/10/2016 01:45:31 PM
Originally posted by tate:

a crowd pleaser - no doubt. Can't wait to see the settings / method on this one. Very nice.


Thank you for your nice comments. You requested an explanation of how this was created, here it is: The camera settings were f/2.8, 25 seconds with ISO of 2500. I copied the raw image into Lightroom (LR). I made a virtual copy of the image and used the Basic Panel in LR to process one copy to optimize the sky and the other copy to optimize the foreground and Lake. I then took both copies into Photoshop (PS) as layers and using a luminosity mask, blended the two copies together to utilize the sky from one and the foreground from the other. I then used 2 different lights luminosity masks to lighten the Milky Way; a lights luminosity mask to lighten the mountain; and a lights luminosity mask to slightly darken the reflection; a used a curves adjustment to lighten the image, covered it with a black mask and painted in those portions of the Milky Way that I wanted to lighten further; I used a rough selection of the mountain and lightened with a curves adjustment; I used a darks luminosity mask to darken portions of the sky and reflection; I used one color balance layer; I used Nik Color Efex Pro (Darken/Lighten Center) to create a slight vignette; I finished by merging all layers into one (Cmd/Option/Shift/e), performed noise reduction on that layer with the Imagemonic Noise Reduction Plug-in and then used a luminosity mask to apply the noise reduction only to the darkest parts of the image. Thats probably more than you want to know - but there it is. Feel free to follow-up with any questions that you might have.
08/08/2016 12:27:04 PM
Thank you for your nice comments. For those who requested an explanation of how this was created, here it is: The camera settings were f/2.8, 25 seconds with ISO of 2500. I copied the raw image into Lightroom (LR). I made a virtual copy of the image and used the Basic Panel in LR to process one copy to optimize the sky and the other copy to optimize the foreground and Lake. I then took both copies into Photoshop (PS) as layers and using a luminosity mask, blended the two copies together to utilize the sky from one and the foreground from the other. I then used 2 different lights luminosity masks to lighten the Milky Way; a lights luminosity mask to lighten the mountain; and a lights luminosity mask to slightly darken the reflection; a used a curves adjustment to lighten the image, covered it with a black mask and painted in those portions of the Milky Way that I wanted to lighten further; I used a rough selection of the mountain and lightened with a curves adjustment; I used a darks luminosity mask to darken portions of the sky and reflection; I used one color balance layer; I used Nik Color Efex Pro (Darken/Lighten Center) to create a slight vignette; I finished by merging all layers into one (Cmd/Option/Shift/e), performed noise reduction on that layer with the Imagemonic Noise Reduction Plug-in and then used a luminosity mask to apply the noise reduction only to the darkest parts of the image. Thats probably more than you want to know - but there it is. Feel free to follow-up with any questions that you might have.
08/08/2016 12:11:30 AM
There ya go again! Do us a favor and give a detailed exegesis on how this was created?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2016 06:41:23 PM
Wonderful!
ETA: Congratulations. I love the composition, especially how the shorter band of light looks like it is emanating from the top of the mountain.

Message edited by author 2016-08-08 11:01:00.
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08/04/2016 09:15:26 AM
a crowd pleaser - no doubt. Can't wait to see the settings / method on this one. Very nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/04/2016 01:03:08 AM
beautiful!
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08/01/2016 02:53:50 PM
Great night shot! I like the composition here.
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