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Greetings From The Late Great Planet Earth
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Challenge: Time Capsule II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
Location: Mt. Rainier, Washington (USA)
Date: Aug 23, 2014
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 20 Seconds
Date Uploaded: Aug 24, 2014

Photographer’s Notes
Went back to Mt Rainier last night with and old and a new friend to try to improve on my time-lapse of the Milky Way setting over the mountain.

This was my friends’ virgin star photography time-lapse experience. What could possibly go wrong?

One of my friends, sadly the one who drove, is navigationally challenged and made a wrong turn from a highway that leads straight to our destination. So we were later than I’d hoped getting to the mountain. Being their first time at it, they had trouble getting all 10 things right at the same time: 1) ISO; 2) Aperture; 3) Shutter; 4) High ISO noise reduction – off; 5) Long exposure noise reduction – off; 6) Camera-back display – off; 7) Interval timer set to 480 frames – 1 every 30 seconds; 8) Framing the scene from their tripod mounted camera; 9) Focus on the stars; and 10) Flash –off, damn it. It took them a couple of hours fiddling with camera features they rarely, if ever, use.

But in the end, both were successful … splendidly successful compared with their expectations. They both got some stunning stills. They both got hundreds of time-lapse originals. And all had a good time.

Their next challenge, and they haven’t fully internalized this yet, they need software to stitch together the time-lapse. Learning for another day.

To those who may wish they could have visited planet Earth … this setting was one of our most beautiful mountains. And our effort and sacrifice to capture it photographically, was illustrative of our specie's desire to succeed, to overcome all odds, to capture the beauty of the human spirit and the beauty of Gaia, our symbiotic relationship with 'Mother Earth,' now sadly gone forever.

Post Processing
• Convert from RAW (Adobe Camera Raw)
• Crop (PSCC)
• Resize (OnOne Perfect Resize)
• Sharpen (PSCC High Pass Overlay Layer)
• Save for Web (PSCC)

Camera Data
• Date: 2014.08.23
• Camera: Nikon D800E
• Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
• ISO: 3200
• Aperture: f/2.8
• Shutter: 20 Seconds

The original resolution of this photo was 7360 x 4912. At 800 x 534 DPC submission resolution is a CRIME AGAINST NATURE!

Place: 2 out of 39
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09/07/2014 10:46:06 PM
Gorgeous; congrats on the ribbon.
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09/07/2014 12:43:49 PM
This is a great photo, Doc! Congrats on your ribbon. :)
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09/06/2014 12:11:42 PM
Critique Club Review:

Color Saturation and Hue - colors are beautifully rendered both in saturation and white balance.

Brightness and contrast: excellent job of keeping detail in the shadows, and not blowing out the highlights.

Focus and depth of field: tack sharp image, depth of field is the full depth of the image which is necessary for this scene.

Subjective: this image took the red ribbon, so any negatives are nit picking at best. I find it fascinating that even at 20 seconds, star trails start to form. This leaves me wondering if some viewers saw it as softness, rather than the movement of plant earth? I love the rendering of the mountains, but the brightness of the sky above, appears to have erased some of the stars. The lighter sky also competes with the mountain, just a little bit, for attention. When I look away and look back, my eye goes first to the light area, and then to mountains and stars.

Summary - this is an excellent image. I had to work to find anything to suggest. I would happily hang this on my wall.
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09/05/2014 09:02:08 PM
Congratulation....it is very nice !!!!
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09/05/2014 08:59:31 PM
Congrats on yet another good yield from your mtn trips!
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09/05/2014 12:12:08 PM
Just splendid. Even at this resolution :)
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09/05/2014 06:30:59 AM
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09/05/2014 02:14:00 AM
How could anyone not wish to visit Earth after seeing this exquisite photo. Congrats on a well deserved ribbon!
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09/05/2014 01:54:17 AM
Wow! Glad I didn't go with ya - you would be blaming me for your ribbon. :P Congrats, Chuck!
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09/05/2014 12:41:25 AM
This is exquisite. Thanks for the long narrative too. Congrats on your ribbon!
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09/05/2014 12:27:45 AM
What a mission Doc! Great result and well done on Ribbon. Not sure Im ready for time lapse. Hate time behind computer
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2014 07:20:04 PM
Beautifully done. What a magnificent view.
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09/04/2014 08:56:47 AM
Beautiful sky !
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09/02/2014 11:16:50 AM
Great subject for the challenge and beautifully captured.
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08/30/2014 10:46:56 PM
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08/29/2014 05:40:46 PM
Beautiful night! I will learn how to do this some day
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08/29/2014 10:48:56 AM
Top 2, got to love Rainier
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