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The Creators Masterpiece -- The Milky Way rising over the Pines
2nd PlaceThe Creators Masterpiece -- The Milky Way rising over the Pines
jlanoue


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Night Sky (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Chesterville, Maine
Date: May 29, 2008
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 800
Shutter: b
Galleries: Nature, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2008

This is a composite of 6 5 minute exposures of the southern milky way taken with my canon 350xt & a friends 17-55mm f2.8 L lens set to 17mm. Each exposure was 5 minutes long and tracked with a Losmandy GM8 mount. I also took a 3 minute exposure with the mount tracking off to get the trees in the foreground to not be blurred, I checked with SC before the challenge to make sure this was valid and they said it was.

Post challenge -- wooohoooo! thanks for all the fantastic comments and a new PB for me and a FIRST RIBBON! Now I just have to seek out those two in front of me and have my terriers chew up their cameras ;-) For those interested in the gory details of this photo, well, I've been meaning to put together a tutorial on widefield astrophotography, so check it out when you have a chance and PM me back any suggestions. I threw it together fairly quickly so would like it to grow with some feedback.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 46
Avg (all users): 7.6894
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 7.7308
Avg (non-participants): 7.6865
Views since voting: 12296
Views during voting: 937
Votes: 396
Comments: 79
Favorites: 20 (view)


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06/16/2008 08:20:41 AM
I can't look at this picture without feeling very, very small. Well done
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06/14/2008 04:20:30 PM
Well deserved ribbon, this image is stunning...just as much other in your portfolio.
Congrats !
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06/14/2008 03:26:30 AM
BTW...tutorial was brilliant!
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06/14/2008 03:24:23 AM
well done on the upgrade...and no rina ( 21_F.gif rinac ) mine was validated! ;-)
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06/13/2008 06:13:28 PM
LOL
Originally posted by jlanoue:

Now I just have to seek out those two in front of me and have my terriers chew up their cameras ;-)


One down, one to go... kinda ;) Congrats on red!
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06/13/2008 03:05:18 PM
John, I'm thrilled for you...I put this one in my favorites right next to 21.gif Yanko's deer photo which also landed on the front page at the same time to remind myself that ART shines best in the light of the artist's eye. Thank you for sharing these magnificent photos with all of us. Congrats and well done!! ;-)
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06/13/2008 02:35:19 PM
OMG, a RED!!! How disgustingly overrated, pfft ;)
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06/12/2008 10:58:03 AM
Congratulations, and thank you for showing us what some may never be able to see as clearly and completely as this. Very pleased to see your hard work rewarded!
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06/12/2008 02:35:19 AM
Excellent shot and well done tutorial!
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06/11/2008 10:33:15 PM
A long time coming but well deserved. Congrats!
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06/11/2008 10:16:42 PM
read the tutorial - very nicely done.
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06/11/2008 09:00:38 PM
fascinating and amazingly beautiful image...strong work & CONGRATS!!
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06/11/2008 08:42:00 PM
stellar

(ETA: pun intended)

Message edited by author 2008-06-11 20:42:16.
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06/11/2008 03:08:06 PM
It's about time man!!

Great job.
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06/11/2008 02:29:07 PM
All I have to say is: It's about time that you got the recognition you deserve from the voters. Congrats on the ribbon.. It's well deserved.
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06/11/2008 01:52:25 PM
I gave this a 7 (the pines mainly), alas I was #81 and my vote was 'scrubbed' due to my 'call' on most of the other entries. All I can say (and hope for) is that one day they have an Astrophotography Challenge - maybe then, maybe, an authentic image such as this will be able to take the throne. Anyway, congratulations on the ribbon. I also hope those with the knowledge give you some feedback on your tutorial, widefield astrophotography. I mistook Eagle Nebula, M16 for yours. However it is good to see more of this photography at DPC. Thank you again for sharing, some of us really appreciate these images and this style of photography.
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06/11/2008 01:07:16 PM
Huge congratulations on your first ribbon and PB, John. This is a wonderful and interesting image.
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06/11/2008 12:58:37 PM
Congrats on the ribbon John.
Fantastic score for a fantastic image!! Thanks for sharing the making of. Was it 5 minute or 10 minute exposures?
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06/11/2008 12:19:18 PM
Congratulations on your Yellow Ribbon this is a beautiful image very well done. :)
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06/11/2008 11:32:28 AM
Originally posted by andrewt:

Big Congrats Joe!! fantastic shot.

Yeah Joe, the ribbon looks good on ya!

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06/11/2008 10:23:20 AM
Congrats on a gorgeous image, first ribbon, and new high score!

I also love your profile pic. :)
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06/11/2008 09:17:11 AM
Argh! Had I known about this challenge I would've entered!! I was at a star party at a dark sky site on May 31st!!! Ugh!!

Great shot of the milkyway, and thanks to the advanced editing rules you could stack too!

Have you heard about cloudynights.com? There is a DSLR imaging forum that is quite active. I am a participant there (by my full name) as well. You would be welcome to post there, plus you might pick up a few tips.
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06/11/2008 08:17:35 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon with this wonderful image. I am sure we will see alot more from you. This one definately has the wow factor!
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06/11/2008 07:46:39 AM
In truth..... the only reason this is not a blue ribbon is the fact that true photgraphy on DPC made way for eyecandy. Fantastic effort and pic.
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06/11/2008 07:43:09 AM
You deserve a blue for the amount of effort involved in this shot! Great explanation too!
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06/11/2008 06:42:08 AM
Congratulations, John. Well deserved and an interesting image too.
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06/11/2008 06:17:09 AM
Way to finally ribbon! This should have won, by such a large margin.
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06/11/2008 05:50:40 AM
I am so impressed with this one - the level of clarity, the colors, the framing by the trees in the lower left - wow, wow! WOW, WOW!
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06/11/2008 04:51:40 AM
Brilliant astrophotography shot. Iím a little embarrassed for the site that a shot that absolutely nailed the description could not get the blue. But hey Iím just one small voice amongst many.

Message edited by author 2008-06-11 04:52:59.
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06/11/2008 04:39:40 AM
Congrats with this unique and stunning image. Well dererved ribbon in an challenge with so many amazing entries.
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06/11/2008 03:46:44 AM
It's a Wow! very very well done.
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06/11/2008 02:27:13 AM
Congrats! Great exposure.
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06/11/2008 01:18:34 AM
Big Congrats Joe!! fantastic shot.
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06/11/2008 01:17:20 AM
Great shot. Congrats on the ribbon!

Came back to add: I loved the angle of the trees. It seems to "open up" the sky and create a sense of vastness. Just incredible.

Message edited by author 2008-06-11 01:19:00.
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06/11/2008 01:05:33 AM
The only way my submission could have placed within 20 spots of yours was that there were only 45 entries.
I'm not worthy :)
Professional caliber shot
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06/11/2008 12:36:23 AM
Wow, John, this was your challenge. Glad to see you getting a ribbon and an awesome score!
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06/11/2008 12:30:09 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, very well done but to be expected from you. I am surprised you could do that exposure so different for the trees, but thats why it pays to check first. :) That is a monster score!
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06/11/2008 12:18:57 AM
I've been an admirer of your images ever since I saw them for the first time. Your tutorials on astrophotography are exceptional. I am glad you thought of combining earthly objects with the sky, I suspect that made the difference as far a dpc voters. This is an outastanding image and a long overdue ribbon. Congratulations John !!
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06/11/2008 12:10:19 AM
Breathtaking!
The dedication to getting the perfect shot is humbling... I grumble if a setup/shoot takes more than half an hour :)

It's a shame that most of us don't realise just how much goes into astrophotography.
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06/11/2008 12:08:46 AM
Very nice man congrats!
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06/11/2008 12:05:57 AM
Finally a ribbon for your amazing photography John, thoroughly deserved...
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06/11/2008 12:04:55 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!

A signed copy when I buy one please! :)

This is a stunning image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/10/2008 08:49:23 PM
Nice crisp focus and clarity. Great colors too. I like also that you show this relative to our own planet. An eight for you.
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06/10/2008 07:25:08 PM
I love the colors and extreme clarity of the detail in the Milky Way but the trees look a bit cut & pasted. There's part of a branch that isn't even connected to the rest of the silhouette and the title is a tad bit excessive but overall those minor complaints pale in comparison to the grandeur of your image.
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06/10/2008 05:08:22 PM
Beautiful. Although, the image raises some questions. If you used an equitorial mount to track the stars and milky way to get this great exposure, why are the trees in unblurred silhouette? edited to add: Now I understand. Thank you! Since your procedure has been validated, this certainly deserves a top score. (10)
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06/10/2008 03:30:56 PM
Very nicely done. I like how it is more concentrated at the bottom of the frame and leads up and to the left.
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06/10/2008 12:40:15 PM
Wow! Stunning capture. I love how the trees give it a bit of perspective.

Back to bump to a 10, tying for my blue ribbon vote.
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06/10/2008 09:59:10 AM
Stunning!!! Love the hues and brightness of the stars! Wonderfully done! 10
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06/09/2008 10:40:47 PM
holy cr@! Amazing. If it doesn't get a ribby I'd be surprised. Here's the best I can give: 16kcosg.png
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06/09/2008 09:46:29 PM
What an incredible view. The pines in the foreground make the picture much more compelling than if it was just a "telescope shot."
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06/09/2008 04:05:01 PM
absolutely amazing
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06/09/2008 01:49:56 PM
I don't particularly like the trees (blurry)but the sky is amazing.
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06/09/2008 04:01:28 AM
i love the inclusion of the foregrounds here...
the image looks like an scene in a dream.
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06/07/2008 02:01:03 AM
amazing!
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06/06/2008 11:36:40 PM
Awesome
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06/06/2008 06:08:56 PM
I am going to have to check this out post challenge to find out how on earth you did this
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06/06/2008 05:52:24 PM
stunning.
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06/06/2008 02:37:21 PM
Awsome capture on the stars. 8
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06/06/2008 01:59:08 AM
Excellent image, my favorite for the challenge. I'm even more impressed when I think of all the work it must have taken. I hope we get an explanation on how it was done when the contest is over.
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06/05/2008 10:25:09 PM
wow...it is The Creator's Masterpiece, though I think we are really His Masterpiece...I am glad the pines are there...how do you get to see so many stars? you must be in the middle of a forrest here...8
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06/05/2008 09:41:28 PM
Nice view of the "horse" dark nebula
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06/05/2008 08:47:20 PM
This is just beautiful, the colours are amazing.
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06/05/2008 07:05:35 PM
how do you guys make such awesome photos!?! It is a masterpiece!
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06/05/2008 02:48:14 PM
wow!
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06/05/2008 09:31:32 AM
NIce shot, good framing, interesting image. Very nice.
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06/05/2008 09:00:27 AM
wow.... how on earth did you get such a clear picture of the stars??????????
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06/05/2008 12:25:33 AM
Very Nice. 8
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06/04/2008 08:26:59 PM
Very captivating but busy.
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06/04/2008 08:00:31 PM
Excellent and classic work: 10 all the way!
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06/04/2008 04:32:30 PM
Great shot!
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06/04/2008 01:12:54 PM
Stunning! Thank you for this look at the wonder of nature.
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06/04/2008 08:17:20 AM
Brilliant. Clever superimposing of the trees.
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06/04/2008 08:11:00 AM
Crappy title but great exposure.

I take that back. Must have been in a grumpy mood that day. I like the inclusion of the treeline in this shot. But I don't get it though, if you're tracking the stars, why aren't the trees blurry? I presume the software uses one exposure for earth objects and another for the stars.

Message edited by author 2008-08-17 20:33:15.
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06/04/2008 07:22:29 AM
excellent
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06/04/2008 03:56:20 AM
If you sell this as a poster I want to buy this one!!! What a FABULOUS image. I just want to keep looking at it, as it reminds me of the Science Museum or a poster for the Museum. I keep going wow!!
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06/04/2008 03:21:18 AM
A great capture for this challenge, like the way you have anchored the the sky with a silhouette.10
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06/04/2008 03:06:26 AM
enchanted feel to this.
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06/04/2008 01:31:42 AM
WOW....I am so curious to know where this image was taken. WOW WOW 10
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06/04/2008 12:15:54 AM
wow!! amazing capture..I can`t wait to read the technicals of doing this...
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