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Star Power | by James Neeley
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Star Power

While visiting family in Moab I noticed it was going to be a moonless night. Time for a little Milky Way shooting in Arches National Park!


A word about technique...First of all I used the Nikon D3s which has the best high ISO performance of any DSLR made including apparently the new D4 (according to DxoMark). The image was shot at ISO 12800 and f2.8 for 30 sec. The Milky Way was actually over exposed with this technique but hey, they say "Shoot to the right" don't they? To darken the over exposed sky I simply increased the contrast in PS which also intensified the color. By darkening the over exposed Milky Way the noise in the sky was also reduced or at least became less apparent. A side benefit from the high technique was that the foreground lit up a bit from the starlight. No light painting was used.


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Taken on March 23, 2012