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Self portrait under the Milky Way



Milky Way over my hometown Jesenice and Triglav mountain.

Milky Way over my hometown Jesenice and Triglav mountain.
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dylanverwey
 
dylanverwey September 08, 2016
Awesome Photo
teetee1852 Premium
 
teetee1852 November 18, 2016
This is absolute stunning! Out of time! Just ..... wow!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 January 16, 2017
Just enough light to make you stand out.
juliantej
 
juliantej January 19, 2017
loving this photo
MBWhitcomb
 
MBWhitcomb February 04, 2017
Tried to give you a masterpiece rating and the hair-trigger, non-"is this what you want to do? option" meant my arthritic hands gave you only "peer" :/ Need more of this kind of art to raise awareness
Rarebreedphotography
 
Rarebreedphotography February 05, 2017
Wow!!!
bkelly7k PRO+
 
bkelly7k February 14, 2017
Great idea carried out very well!
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MyTakeOnTech April 03, 2017
Amazing photo.
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WilmaWolf June 26, 2017
So awesome!
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NJ_Libitinarius August 07, 2017
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Kueljivana
 
Kueljivana January 28, 2018
Fantastic !!!
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SolentRanger_ March 04, 2018
Lovely capture
LauraMK PRO
 
LauraMK March 10, 2018
OMG !! Out of this world !
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andreaspallanzani March 14, 2018
Stunning shot!
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michelemorani June 25, 2018
Incredible shot
rd1walker
 
rd1walker July 12, 2018
settings and locations? amazing!
redsphotos101
 
redsphotos101 July 29, 2018
📸📸📸📸
chrisbelesis
 
chrisbelesis August 19, 2018
Very beautiful capture!
Lamirana
 
Lamirana September 10, 2018
Awesome!
Maria-Maaike
 
Maria-Maaike October 10, 2018
Breathtaking shot!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This is a self-portrait from just below the highest peak of Karavanke mountain range, Mt. Stol. I was pretty fortunate with conditions with fog rolling in the valley, adding a lot of light.
Time
Well, obviously this is a night shot. But it wasn't taken in the middle of the night as you can notice there is still some color from the sunset. It was taken about 1:40 after the sunset so there is still some light on the horizon from the sunset and Milky Way is already fully visible.
Lighting
Even though it's a night image and usually darkness prevails in shots like these light in the middle part plays an important role as it spices up the action and adds a lot to the overall atmosphere.
Equipment
Equipment plays an important role in night shots. I used Nikon D810A + Nikkor 14-24mm lens which is a great combo for night photography.
Inspiration
Mount Stol is the highest mountain of the Karavanks mountain range and the highest local mountain. Views from the top are very special reaching all the way towards the highest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav. I always wanted to do night shots from the top with Milky Way above the valley.
Editing
When post processing night images I like to keep them natural but still spice up the stars and Milky Way. In this case I had to tone down the light in the valley by quite a bit since it was much stronger from the stars.
In my camera bag
I usually carry my Nikon D800 and Nikkor 28-300mm lens, but I add D810A and Nikkor 14-24 when I stay over the night.
Feedback
Night photography is very specific so I suggest you first check out video tutorials. You need to learn to manually focus with your camera and lens you use. After that start with the basic setting: ISO3200, F2.8 (or as low as your lens allows you), and time around 20 seconds. Timing depends on how wide you go, with rule 500. So if you have 14mm wide lens, divide 500 with 14 to get the maximum possible shutter speed (so the stars are still sharp). 500/14 = around 35 seconds, but I never use the time over 30 seconds so the stars stay sharp.

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