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Starlit lake
Starlit lake

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Challenge: Free Study 2013-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Date: Nov 28, 2013
Aperture: f/8 and f/2
ISO: 200 and 25600
Shutter: 2.45 hours and 8s
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2013

Made out of two different exposurs of the same scene. One with high iso, "fast" shutter and wide aperture to get the intensity of the sky, and the other one low iso, loooong shutter and stopped down to a suitable "landscape f/stop".

Opened up both images, put them over each other, masked out the lake and trees from the star exposure. merged the two and voila. The rest is just color correction and alot of color noise cloning. I'm 99 % sure that this is within the rules; it's basically just another form of HDR where the f stop and iso also changes.

Place: 57 out of 155
Avg (all users): 5.9126
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.9143
Avg (non-participants): 5.9091
Views since voting: 571
Views during voting: 178
Votes: 103
Comments: 4
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12/29/2013 08:40:51 AM
very cool.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2013 11:57:05 PM
Top 3
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12/07/2013 01:36:37 PM
Though the stars in this photo are the understood stars of the show in a photo like this, I really like the soft greys of the water contrasted with the clear silhouettes of rocks and trees.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/06/2013 05:30:45 PM
Too bad the starts are not in focus, that could really make this pop.

FYI, in advanced editing, you could have taken on photo with the foreground in focus, one photo with the stars in focus, and combined them in post processing to make sure all was in focus.
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