Challenge: The Night Sky as Background (1 or 2 images only, please)

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Shooting nightscapes is easy. Shooting a landscape with the night sky as just "background" takes some planning, and maybe a bit of creative vision.

Here's two of mine as examples. Now let's see yours.

U.S.A.F. Memorial, Arlington, VA

"Angel's Window," near Cape Royal , North Rim of the Grand Canyon Nat'l Park, AZ

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Dark forest

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The marina at night.

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stretchman wrote:

Wow, really really nice!

bmike
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I have quite a few, but here are 2 recents:

Milky Way over Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland (multi image mosaic, tracked, stacked, stitched)

Castle, Church, Comet - Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland - the sky is 6 images stacked and then blended to the long exposure of the foreground

RUcrAZ
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Mike,

both shots well composed, and doubtfully required a lot of work. But, if I may, my first impression was that there was a humungus forest fire beyond the canyon. (I guess we normally think of night skies as being blue-black, and this looked on my screen like smoke clouds.) One nice thing about computer manipulation is that one can alter such things to taste.

bmike
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RUcrAZ wrote:

Mike,

both shots well composed, and doubtfully required a lot of work. But, if I may, my first impression was that there was a humungus forest fire beyond the canyon. (I guess we normally think of night skies as being blue-black, and this looked on my screen like smoke clouds.) One nice thing about computer manipulation is that one can alter such things to taste.

No forest fire. Some thin clouds moved through. Without the moon and well after sunset the sky isn’t really blue. Imaged using daylight WB and processed to try and preserve natural colors in the night sky.

Here is one that was much warmer, and had quite a bit of sky glow and clouds moving through:

Milky Way, Lake Lila, Adirondack Mountains, NY USA

And another:

Farm Barn, Milky Way, Shelburne Farms, VT

Quarkcharmed
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bmike wrote:

No forest fire. Some thin clouds moved through. Without the moon and well after sunset the sky isn’t really blue.

The sky doesn't change the colour at night, it's the same blue colour, with our without the moon.

Haze/light pollution may change that, but the natural colour of the clear sky is blue.

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Quarkcharmed wrote:

bmike wrote:

No forest fire. Some thin clouds moved through. Without the moon and well after sunset the sky isn’t really blue.

The sky doesn't change the colour at night, it's the same blue colour, with our without the moon.

Haze/light pollution may change that, but the natural colour of the clear sky is blue.

When there is no sunlight from the sun or reflected off the moon the sky is not blue. Rayleigh scattering causes the blue:

https://www.montana.edu/jshaw/documents/DigitalBlueNightSky_OPN2005Nov.pdf

https://clarkvision.com/articles/color.of.the.night.sky/index.html

https://srussenschuck.com/color-balance-of-the-night-sky/

Blue in color, as the moon rose (and cast shadows). 2 different nights, but I had the moon up on both:

A series of images before twilight:

Adding in the images once twilight began: (note the fall off in the number of stars)

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Ahu Tongariki Rapa Nui Feb 2020

Quarkcharmed
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The Milky Way, auroras, pollution etc aren't blue, but there's still significant blue component.

https://www.mdpi.com/2313-433X/6/9/90/htm

The well-defined triangle structure in the ℓR–ℓG diagram is the consequence that the visual radiation of the night sky is composed of three main components: the bluish twilight spectrum of the solar radiation, the green oxygen airglow, and a combination of different orange and red spectra. This third component includes the sodium and red oxygen airglow and most of the light pollution sources.

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bmike
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That’s a great read. Thank you

Please read the whole paper:

“Contrary to the usual impression of bluish night sky colour, in reality the sky is in the orange to green range. Blue colour only appears during twilight hours, due to ozone absorption.”



lost alaskan
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bmike wrote:

Quarkcharmed wrote:

bmike wrote:

No forest fire. Some thin clouds moved through. Without the moon and well after sunset the sky isn’t really blue.

The sky doesn't change the colour at night, it's the same blue colour, with our without the moon.

Haze/light pollution may change that, but the natural colour of the clear sky is blue.

When there is no sunlight from the sun or reflected off the moon the sky is not blue. Rayleigh scattering causes the blue:

https://www.montana.edu/jshaw/documents/DigitalBlueNightSky_OPN2005Nov.pdf

https://clarkvision.com/articles/color.of.the.night.sky/index.html

https://srussenschuck.com/color-balance-of-the-night-sky/

Blue in color, as the moon rose (and cast shadows). 2 different nights, but I had the moon up on both:

A series of images before twilight:

Adding in the images once twilight began: (note the fall off in the number of stars)

Isn't that the Matterhorn?  Correct me if I'm wrong.  If it is, it's the best shot I've ever seen of it.  I like the star trails on it.  The circular one's ah....

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lost alaskan wrote:

Isn't that the Matterhorn? Correct me if I'm wrong. If it is, it's the best shot I've ever seen of it. I like the star trails on it. The circular one's ah....

Thank you.

Yes it is. We spent a week there this year (and last year).

Here’s a vertical, from a different night:

https://flic.kr/p/2jukk9j

I was hoping to do some MW landscapes from Stellisee to get reflections / stars / Matterhorn but our trip did not coincide with a new moon, so I settled for star trails from the balcony of the apartment we rented.

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Desert night camp

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Desert night camp

That is a big tent. Tall enough for me to stand up in. We had U.S. army tents kind of like that that we put up and played in all summer. Took it camping as well. checked out yer album, I saw one very nice pic of five deer in a very yellow field. Very good. Clik on the deer pic to find others.  You get around some don't you?

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bmike. MW is driving me crazy. Moon something? It's not mid-west I don't think. I'm looking forward to your shot over the stellisee.

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lost alaskan wrote:

bmike. MW is driving me crazy. Moon something? It's not mid-west I don't think. I'm looking forward to your shot over the stellisee.

MW = Milky Way

I was hoping to do some Milky Way landscapes from Stellisee to get reflections / stars / Matterhorn but our trip did not coincide with a new moon, so I settled for star trails from the balcony of the apartment we rented.

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