1st stab at Milky Way (work in progress)

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thxphotog Junior Member • Posts: 33
1st stab at Milky Way (work in progress)
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Went to Joshua Tree (2 1/2 hours outside of L.A.) this weekend with the advantage of no moon and a full ice-chest. Used a tracker for the first time, StarGuider Pro, and shot about 30 minutes total in 30-40 second exposures. Unfortunately, I didn't notice just how many small wispy clouds were in many of the frames just above the horizon until I got 'home'. So I eliminated the bulk of those cutting my 30 minutes of exposure time down to about 20 minutes.  Oh, 5D MKiii with Sigma ART 1.8 14mm

I used star-stacker & I took one pass at post processing in photoshop and now I'm sure I can do better but it took so long I'm gonna wait until trying again.

Learning experience for sure and everything can be greatly improved upon. Here's a first attempt:

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Astrophotographer 10 Forum Pro • Posts: 13,907
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Its very brown with no colour. What white balance setting are you using. It looks like daylight setting which looks all brown and yellow before processing adjusting.

Try adjusting the white balance to get a more balanced colour.

Greg.

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OP thxphotog Junior Member • Posts: 33
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Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

Its very brown with no colour. What white balance setting are you using. It looks like daylight setting which looks all brown and yellow before processing adjusting.

Try adjusting the white balance to get a more balanced colour.

Greg.

Thanks Greg!  100% correct.  (BTW, used auto WB in cam)  A quick click WB adjustment and I'm much closer:

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Alen K Senior Member • Posts: 1,350
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thxphotog wrote:

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

Its very brown with no colour. What white balance setting are you using. It looks like daylight setting which looks all brown and yellow before processing adjusting.

Try adjusting the white balance to get a more balanced colour.

Greg.

Thanks Greg! 100% correct. (BTW, used auto WB in cam) A quick click WB adjustment and I'm much closer:

Before you adjust further, you should read these:

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

https://clarkvision.com/articles/nightsky-natural-color-vs-bad-post-processing/

and optionally https://clarkvision.com/articles/astrophotography-color-and-critics/.

You can choose to disagree with Roger Clark or choose not to try for "natural" colors as he defines that word, choosing instead to go for "artistic" colors, but at least you will do so knowingly.

2sealsonwheels New Member • Posts: 13
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I pretty much just lurk on DPReview, but I just wanted to say thanks for the "Clarkvision" link...there is a TON of info there.

I've been doing some astrophotography and daytime ND long exposure stuff lately and having LOTS of fun and getting great results!

Carry on!

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