|Location:||United States, New Mexico, Bisti Badlands|
|Category:||Mood, Intimate Landscape, Historic, Highly Post Processed, Decisive Moment|
|Lens:||Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8||Focal length:||45 mm|
|Shutter Speed:||1/15 s||Tripod:||Yes|
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Oh man, my head already started to spin with all the multiple possibilities. Luckily enough I was able to witness 2 weekends ago a very unique thing. I witnessed an annular solar eclipse which actually would have been possible to be seen from my porch.
Hey, that would have been already cool, but not enough. I had to go somewhere special for that and I choose Bisti Badlands.
This image took a lot of preparations to make sure that the event goes well recorded. Some (not all) technical details about this shot: I used a ND 400 filter which allowed me to turn down the camera by 9 stops. My camera was at manual, programmed to make a shot every 5 minutes with fixed settings at ISO 100, 1/4000s and f/5.6. The f/5.6 was intentional to avoid any star effect. The lens was also set at manual to avoid any bad auto-focusing. Once the sun was set I took a last shot to provide some colorful gradings in the sky to serve as a backdrop. I do not think that I have to elaborate further why I chose this image to get started on the theme “In Motion”.
Do you have the impression that you have already seen this hoodoo before? Right! Look here. Same hoodoo, different day and different mood. Funny that Didier took his shot 6 months prior and called it "Moon". Little coincidences, huh?
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Critiques for this photo (17):
Theme of the Month (2012/06/01)
Gosh, Peter! You show knowledge in Physics also to calculate the path the moon would follow to get this diagonal of dream.
I can imagine how thrilled you were before, during and after the image.
This is a never to be forgotten moment... I am sure you won´t.
The link with the theme is very very smart.
Have you set other cameras to register the moment?
A WONDERFUL entry to open the ToM.
Isabel for TMT
This is so not fair, how are we supposed to followe and top this one?
It is a great start for the theme. This will be a more difficult theme, for it will take some planning to get a good shot of thing in motion. You certainly went the extra miles, I don't mean in just preperation, but also driving the distance to this location.
The Location and the hoodoo alone with that beautiful sky would be a great shot already, which will also fit one of our future theme of "Shadow and Silhouette" The addition of the moon phase just top it off.
Congratulation with this success, the result is awe inspiring. I only wish I have halft of your dedication in pursuing this image.
Then there's all here! For the first post on the month of the month, how to find best - (even if the motion is slow :-) - And what a technical success and more, explanation is perfectly clear, even for me who has difficulty understanding English! Of course this picture is going to join my favorite.
Have a good weekend.
Greetings from Paris and a big bravo for the "new" PF... and its convivialy.
Thank's a lot for all explanations.
This is a very unique effect and you gor it amazingly.
For sure a new fave.
Thanks for sharing.
Current discussion:pboehringer wrote in 2012/06/21 00:02:48: Phil,
This is a composite of 23 images. The camera was set to go off every 5 minutes. The lens was set at manual to avoid any messing up with the AF. So, the sun is not shot in close up. That is the natural size of it. Once the sun was set I did a last image to have all the gradients in the sky as a background.
Getting back home I put all 23 images together to present it all together.
Acabei de mostrar esta foto à familia e todos foram unânimes: hors concours . Fantástica !! A beleza da fotografia , a técnica(aqui, amigavelmente compartilhada por você) e a aula de astronomia fazem desta uma raridade de encantar os olhos. Quem sabe mais uma foto de um milhão de dólares!!
Just a question...how many shots did you take?
Current discussion:pboehringer wrote in 2012/06/03 21:02:04: 23
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
fantástica técnica e muita paciência parecem-me dois atributos essenciais para realizar semelhante foto com tanto sucesso. Muito bonito de ver as diferentes "faces"da lua numa diagonal perfeitamente conseguida e ainda para mais com um enquadramento de sonho.
Foi a primeira entrada para o tema deste mês e ou muito me engano ou haverá outra utilização do número 1 para coroar esta foto, e a ser, será concerteza merecido.
Wandering Dan (2012/06/12)
And for those who may not know, this is around a 3-hour sequence - which means even more patience.
A beautiful, flawless shot.
I never tried such kind of shot and I appreciated a lot your note answering to some of the questions I had; especially for the uniform sky. I understood now why you classified it in HPP.
Very good job and the result is worth. The kind of photo I would have printed on my Epson.
I remember the previous shot of Didier and it is fun to see how a same subject can be handled in so different way, adapting to the environment, weather, light and stars.
In the same spirit, I think to do a lighthouse shot, blending 2 shots: one to get stary sky and one for the lighthouse working with ray light. I guess it could also give something interesting. Waiting to go back in Bretagne to try it.
Current discussion:sevy wrote in 2012/06/25 14:23:28: The idea is to use high iso to get dots for the stars. I find it is more impressive than a star trail. But it could be discussed :-)
pboehringer wrote in 2012/06/25 11:41:39: Your idea in getting a star filled sky with a lighthouse seems worthwhile to go back to Bretagne. Will you be doing a long exposure to have star trails or have a tripod with synchrone movement so that each star will appear as a dot including the milky way?
Thank you very much for the excellent technical explanation.
The absence of noise and the excellent definition of the edges of the pinnacle are absolutely fantastic.
yup, the place was well chosen, the light is great and even being not a total eclipse, the picture is awesome :)
This is a great subject
Well done with this difficult work
Diud you make a stitch of 21 merged pictures ? I know that it's possible with Autopano
Nice diagonal of the sun