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  • newmilkyway - New Milky Way @newmilkyway 2 hours ago
  • 📷 by @paulschmitphotography 
STACKED/BLENDED/TIME-BLENDED/HDR

STORY: "Sinuous"

I've been waiting almost a year for sunset and the post-sunset Milky Way to come back into a favorable alignment to create another single-frame (i.e., non-panoramic) time-blended image.  I've been a big fan of a lot of the "in-your-face-foreground" wide-angle compositions that have been circulating around the nightscape community, so this was a great opportunity to try my hand at this genre with the added twist of multiple captures stretched out over time from one camera location.

My plan going into the shoot was to head up to the Abiquiu area in northern New Mexico and capture a really impressive dead tree along the edge of the reservoir near town, which would have come with the added bonus of sunset and Milky Way reflections off the waterfront.  Unfortunately, I learned upon arriving in town a few hours before sunset that the lake was closed due to a significant algae bloom.  Luckily, the area also is host to Ghost Ranch, the picturesque former haunt of famed artist Georgia O'Keefe, which boasts canyons and hoodoos that bring both Bryce and Sedona to mind.

I repositioned to an area near Ghost Ranch and quickly scouted an absolutely gorgeous and (mostly) dead tree with panoramic views to the west and south.  The final hours of daylight were spent working out a composition that would feature the setting sun on the right side of the frame and the post-twilight Milky Way on the left side.  Unfortunately, the puffy cumulus clouds dotting the sky during the late afternoon completely dissipated by sunset, only to return as a thick cloud bank a couple hours later as outflow from distant thunderstorms encroached upon the area.  Although I had planned for the night side of the image to be taken around 10:20pm local time, it wasn't until almost 11pm that I was able to capture even a glimpse of the Milky Way poking out above the clouds.  Any later, and the Milky Way would have shifted further behind the tree.  Still, my hope is that the clouds add drama to the image, even if it's not quite the scene I had hoped to capture.

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All images captured at 15mm from a fixed tripod location. 📷 by @paulschmitphotography STACKED/BLENDED/TIME-BLENDED/HDR STORY: "Sinuous" I've been waiting almost a year for sunset and the post-sunset Milky Way to come back into a favorable alignment to create another single-frame (i.e., non-panoramic) time-blended image. I've been a big fan of a lot of the "in-your-face-foreground" wide-angle compositions that have been circulating around the nightscape community, so this was a great opportunity to try my hand at this genre with the added twist of multiple captures stretched out over time from one camera location. My plan going into the shoot was to head up to the Abiquiu area in northern New Mexico and capture a really impressive dead tree along the edge of the reservoir near town, which would have come with the added bonus of sunset and Milky Way reflections off the waterfront. Unfortunately, I learned upon arriving in town a few hours before sunset that the lake was closed due to a significant algae bloom. Luckily, the area also is host to Ghost Ranch, the picturesque former haunt of famed artist Georgia O'Keefe, which boasts canyons and hoodoos that bring both Bryce and Sedona to mind. I repositioned to an area near Ghost Ranch and quickly scouted an absolutely gorgeous and (mostly) dead tree with panoramic views to the west and south. The final hours of daylight were spent working out a composition that would feature the setting sun on the right side of the frame and the post-twilight Milky Way on the left side. Unfortunately, the puffy cumulus clouds dotting the sky during the late afternoon completely dissipated by sunset, only to return as a thick cloud bank a couple hours later as outflow from distant thunderstorms encroached upon the area. Although I had planned for the night side of the image to be taken around 10:20pm local time, it wasn't until almost 11pm that I was able to capture even a glimpse of the Milky Way poking out above the clouds. Any later, and the Milky Way would have shifted further behind the tree. Still, my hope is that the clouds add drama to the image, even if it's not quite the scene I had hoped to capture. EXIF: All images captured at 15mm from a fixed tripod location.
  • 📷 by @paulschmitphotography STACKED/BLENDED/TIME-BLENDED/HDR STORY: "Sinuous" I've been waiting almost a year for sunset and the post-sunset Milky Way to come back into a favorable alignment to create another single-frame (i.e., non-panoramic) time-blended image. I've been a big fan of a lot of the "in-your-face-foreground" wide-angle compositions that have been circulating around the nightscape community, so this was a great opportunity to try my hand at this genre with the added twist of multiple captures stretched out over time from one camera location. My plan going into the shoot was to head up to the Abiquiu area in northern New Mexico and capture a really impressive dead tree along the edge of the reservoir near town, which would have come with the added bonus of sunset and Milky Way reflections off the waterfront. Unfortunately, I learned upon arriving in town a few hours before sunset that the lake was closed due to a significant algae bloom. Luckily, the area also is host to Ghost Ranch, the picturesque former haunt of famed artist Georgia O'Keefe, which boasts canyons and hoodoos that bring both Bryce and Sedona to mind. I repositioned to an area near Ghost Ranch and quickly scouted an absolutely gorgeous and (mostly) dead tree with panoramic views to the west and south. The final hours of daylight were spent working out a composition that would feature the setting sun on the right side of the frame and the post-twilight Milky Way on the left side. Unfortunately, the puffy cumulus clouds dotting the sky during the late afternoon completely dissipated by sunset, only to return as a thick cloud bank a couple hours later as outflow from distant thunderstorms encroached upon the area. Although I had planned for the night side of the image to be taken around 10:20pm local time, it wasn't until almost 11pm that I was able to capture even a glimpse of the Milky Way poking out above the clouds. Any later, and the Milky Way would have shifted further behind the tree. Still, my hope is that the clouds add drama to the image, even if it's not quite the scene I had hoped to capture. EXIF: All images captured at 15mm from a fixed tripod location.
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