ChrisVanLoan
ChrisVanLoan

Whale Skeleton and the Universe



Shot in Baja california on a SCUBA expedition to document gas samples on a little explored volcanic island in the Sea of Cortez. All of my underwater photos on ...
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Shot in Baja california on a SCUBA expedition to document gas samples on a little explored volcanic island in the Sea of Cortez. All of my underwater photos on Viewbug are from that expedition.
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7 Comments | Report
nina050 PRO
 
nina050 May 07, 2015
Amazing shot and composition. Well done!
lifeoflucas
 
lifeoflucas May 07, 2015
Beautiful shot, one day I hope I can do even half as good as that :)
ntgreen
 
ntgreen May 12, 2015
Outstanding!!!
ClarissaH83 PRO
 
ClarissaH83 July 10, 2015
Absolutely magnificent shot!
moniqueelferink
 
moniqueelferink July 25, 2015
Wonderfull!
JRob PRO
 
JRob January 14, 2017
Incredible find and then the care with which you treated it. So grateful.
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion February 22, 2017
Astounding shot

Behind The Lens

Location
I shot this in Baja on the Gulf of California during a remote scuba research expedition that I was photographing.
Time
This was shot around 11PM
Lighting
This shot was difficult to get the results I wanted due to the total lack of light and using a 30 second exposure to it's limits. I didn't have an external timer on this trip, and wanted to limit the star movement anyway, so ISO was maxed around 8000 on a 5DMKIII, so it required a lot of attention in post for noise reduction.
Equipment
5DmkIII with a 16-35mm 2.8L (which I had rented to use in the dive housing), Bogen Manfroto carbon fiber tripod.
Inspiration
When I saw the whale skeleton off of the shore of the remote beach I immediately knew if I could capture the milky way or at least a star scape would make an excellent nightscape photo invoking feelings of the wonders of the universe, space, time, and existence.
Editing
Post processing was difficult due to hight ISO. The foreground was burned in to hide mediocre ground detail and bad noise, and the sky has several rounds of ISO reduction.
In my camera bag
5DmkIII, 14-24 Nikon with adapter, and cannon primes: 24m 1.4, 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2, 200mm 2.0
Feedback
Nightscape photography is more than putting your camera on a tripod, struggling to focus, then making a long exposure. Understanding of the basics will help you get what you want out of the image while stretching your cameras limits.

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