Revisiting images

Revisiting images

I'm adding images to another site to sell as stock so I'm going through old images as I try and do at least once a year. Going through old images is kind of like Christmas in the sense that when you first go through to edit you have certain images in mind and jump to them and skip the rest, which is the case for this image from Glacier. This was shot on the way down from Logan Pass and when I first saw this I jumped out of the car and shot it quickly because of the clouds rolling in and smothering the area. When I first tried to edit it two years ago I honestly just didn't have the skills to edit it properly and bring out the best qualities I saw when I shot the image. With time though comes experience and coming back to it I was able to make it pop out like I saw it originally so I am very happy to be able to share this! Lesson though is quite simple. Always go back in your files and look at your images because their are bound to be some hidden gems!

Photographing a Milky Way Pano

In this post I'll go into a little of what I go through to get my shots looking the way they do. I'll show the beginning and end of the edit so you can understand the post work that goes into photographing the milky way and the panorama aspect of it. 

On this pano it is actually 66 images stitched together in photoshop ( 3 vertical rows). Since this is so many I chose to use Adobe Lightroom to process the images simply because it's faster. Once I've edited them to my liking (white balance, color, contrast, and lens distortion) I'll export the images as psd files. Once that is done I go into photoshop and stitch them together. That process alone takes 30-40 minutes with 66 images, on average it's about 10-15 minutes. Below is what the stitched image first looks like -

Clearly this is not how I want my final image to look. So I go in and use the warp tool to stretch and straighten out the image to the best that I can. Many times I'll have to go in and manually fine tune the horizon line. In the case of this image I was losing a lot of my foreground so I created a new canvas that was larger. This image in it's full size naturally is 70 inches wide by 34 inches tall. After some final color, brightness, and contrast work this is what the final image comes out to look like -

 

The phenomena in this image is not the northern light but actually air glow! Very rare but always fun to capture as it is not usually seen by the naked eye. 

Pano Testing

So another night, another test. The reason being I've essentially shot the close to the same image the last two nights is simple. Different gear different techniques and methods being put to work. For example this image is actually thirty images blended together to get this panorama. The next factor is the camera and lensing. The camera is modified to with an H-Alpha filter. This filter allows it to pick up more color spectrums in the night sky that we can't see with the naked eye and the regular camera sensor can't pick up. Lastly the lens, it's a 35mm 1.4 Art series Sigma lens. This lens is rated highly for astrophotography due to sharpness and color rendition. The last two nights I've tested three lenses and found that one lens works better than the other two. Now when I go out on location though I know how all my equipment will function in the field and what will work best for any situation I might come across.

Testing new equipment

Had a small window to test some new equipment finally. The new Sigma 24-105 DG Art series lens is a good all around lens and outperforms both the Nikon and Canon versions to my surprise. Sigma has been really jumping up in the quality of the lenses it creates in the Art series. The lenses are almost equal in weight to Zeiss lenses and Zeiss makes outstanding glass. 

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First

First

FIRST

So this is my first blog post for the site to give you a run down of the year to come and what to expect on here. 

This blog will showcase some behind the scenes action of my set ups as well as updates as to what I'm working on currently. For this spring, summer, and fall I'll be focusing on my night photography as well as my astro time lapse work. I'll also be showcasing and using new equipment to give my followers an idea of how much work that goes into some of the projects I work on. 

Currently I'm building a cable cam set up for extremely unique shots that will range from running a camera across a river or in front of a waterfall, to running it through the canopy of trees or buildings for truly diverse perspectives.

 

Thanks for checking out the site and blog!

 

Guy