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I took this photo a couple of nights ago. I decided to actually brave the scary dark and do some night photography. I only walked down the road where I could look into a field and see something interesting in the sky. In this photo you can obviously see the full moon, but above and to the right you can see a little cluster known as the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. It is part of the constellation of Taurus and actually has quite a few more that seven stars in it. The bright star to the right of this is actually the planet of Mars. On the very top left of the photo you can see the top three stars of the constellation of Auriga, the charioteer, and its brightest star Capella. The foreground is lit by streetlights which added a horrible orange cast. I removed most of this using a colour mask in photoshop. The white balance of the sky was altered to give it the nice purple hue in Bibble, and the whole thing run through Neat Image to remove noise that was clearly visible in the sky. I am not too keen on how blue the moon has gone, and I even got lens flair from it, but I am generally quite happy.
Posted 11:50pm Tuesday, 27th September 2005
Camera Model NameNIKON D70
Shooting Date/Time2005:09:23 23:55:27.20
File TypeJPEG
LensSigma 17-35mm f2.8-3.5
Shutter Speed20
FlashNo Flash
ISO Speed400
Focal Length17.0mm (35mm equivalent: 25.0mm)
Aperturef2.8
ExifTool Version Number5.53
File Size2326KB
File Modification Date/Time2005:09:23 23:55:28
File TypeJPEG
Mime Typeimage/jpeg
MakeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model NameNIKON D70
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X Resolution300
Y Resolution300
Resolution Unitinches
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Date/Time Of Last Modification2005:09:23 23:55:27
Y Cb Cr PositioningCo-sited
Shutter Speed20
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Shooting Date/Time2005:09:23 23:55:27.20
Date/Time Of Digitization2005:09:23 23:55:27
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Max Aperture Value2.8
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FlashNo Flash
Focal Length17.0mm (35mm equivalent: 25.0mm)
File System Version2.10
ISO Speed400
QualityFine
White BalanceAuto
Focus ModeManual
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Flash TypeUnknown
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CompressionJPEG (old-style)
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Preview Image Length25268
Flash Exposure Compensation1.0
ISO Setting400
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Exposure Bracket Value0
Tone CompAuto
Lens TypeD
Lens17-35mm f/2.8-4 D
Flash ModeDid Not Fire
AF PointCenter
Shooting ModeSingle-Frame
Color HueMode1a
Light SourceNatural
Hue Adjustment0
Noise ReductionOff
Red Balance1.94531
Blue Balance1.70703
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AF Aperture2.8
Focus Position5
Focus Distance13.34 m
Lens IDUnknown Nikkor or Sigma D
Lens F Stops7.00
Min Focal Length17.3mm
Max Focal Length35.6mm
Max Aperture At Min Focal2.8
Max Aperture At Max Focal4.0
MCU Version28
Effective Max Aperture2.8
Sensor Pixel Size7.8 x 7.8 um
Serial NumberNo= 20032c6b
Shutter Count2563
Image OptimizationNormal
Vari ProgramUnknown
User CommentUnknown
Sub Sec Time20
Sub Sec Time Original20
Sub Sec Time Digitized20
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Color SpacesRGB
Exif Image Width3008
Exif Image Length2000
Interoperability IndexR98
Interoperability Version0100
Sensing MethodOne-chip color area
File SourceDigital Camera
Scene TypeDirectly photographed
CFA Pattern[Blue,Green][Green,Red]
Custom RenderedNormal
Exposure ModeManual
Digital Zoom Ratio1
Focal Length In 35mm Format25
Scene Capture TypeStandard
Gain ControlNone
ContrastNormal
SaturationNormal
SharpnessNormal
Subject Distance RangeUnknown (0)
Thumbnail Offset27808
Thumbnail Length8537
Image Width3008
Image Height2000
Image Size3008x2000
Preview Image(Binary data 25268 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Scale Factor To 35mm Equivalent1.5
Thumbnail Image(Binary data 8537 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Circle Of Confusion0.020 mm
Depth of Fieldinf (3.67 m - inf)
Hyperfocal Distance5.05 m
Filed in: [Night][Long Exposures]
ian
David, after all this work, not sure I understand all that you have done from the description, you have ended up with a fine image. Crisp and sharp tree with a lovely dark evening sky.
SteveO
Very nice shot. Is that what they mean by once in a blue moon? Cool shot, well done getting rid of that orange cast, can you set a custom white balance with your camera? I do that for night shots and it usually works quite well. I wanted to do some night shots last night but it started raining, boo!
owen
Cool blue. I love it. The trees all look so still (apart from the nearest branch on the right). Well done for pointing out all the constellations too!
emma
wow - very impressive! i live in a big town so night shots are not something i have attempted due to all the noise of the light... i would love to try it though, i may take my tripod back to somerset when we next visit my partners parents farm... i am inspired!
Brian
I like that the foreground is lit, but am glad that you removed the color cast. Great looking shot!
Alan Graham
Whoah, thats really spot on. Looks like a crisp and chilly autumn evening. Have you considered the same shot with more foreground, and a little less sky? An empty field at the bottom might enhance the eeriness of the scene.

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