Photo Caption: They always say you can’t do it, or don’t do it, but I was in Bisti Badlands for the first time… So I did it anyway.. The half moon was sitting right on the side of the Galactic center of the Milky Way, oh so bright and beautiful, washing out our breathtaking galaxy but, it was still viewable. —
I was able to pull this image off in a single exposure using my Lume Cube (check em at LumeCube.com/160.html) to light the foreground. I took 10 exposures (actually took more but used 10) to create a stack for noise reduction in Starry Landscape stacker. The odd lines you see are flares from the moon.. I also made sure to stop down so I could capture some rays of the moon. This image was a delicate balancing act of camera settings, natural light, and constant light for the foreground.
Now don’t get this confused at all- it took a ton of processing to get the Milky Way to pop in this image. I’m not sure I’m completely happy with it, but i’m definitely ok with it. Please share your thoughts? Any suggestions from you photographers out there what I could have done to make this come out better? I chose to do it in one image to save myself the trouble of trying to blend a better moon star into a better Milky Way which considering the proximity of the two I think would have been a difficult feat!
10 images stacked for NR in SLS
Processed in LR & PS
Lit by a single @lumecube
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Photo taken at: Bisti Badlands