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Bathing Under the Stars



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13 Comments |
scottlandonblake PRO+
 
scottlandonblake September 29, 2017
An absolutely amazing nighttime landscape photo.

Landon
darrellgillenwater Ultimate
 
darrellgillenwater September 30, 2017
Beautiful shot
RobinAdair PRO+
 
RobinAdair October 02, 2017
Wow. Just wow!
john_arsenault
 
john_arsenault November 05, 2017
beautiful image and a masterpiece.
tntcaptures
 
tntcaptures November 09, 2017
Love this!!
NancyFlemingPhotography
 
NancyFlemingPhotography March 04, 2018
Awesome
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 14, 2018
nice work! Some nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!
thevintageclover86
 
thevintageclover86 September 03, 2018
Oh my goodness! This is breathtaking! Love the East Coast!
Ermal
 
Ermal December 19, 2018
Well done! Wonderful!
joannanicholson
 
joannanicholson December 20, 2018
Beautiful
daniducayag
 
daniducayag May 02, 2021
Absolutely love this. Stunning
jacksonhedrick
 
jacksonhedrick June 24, 2022
Wow. How did you light up the foreground? Excellent shot!
techmsgt PRO+
 
techmsgt Mar 11
Fabulous! The waterfall changes a very good photo to incredible!
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Behind The Lens

Location

Kaaterskill Falls is a incredible spot tucked away in the Catskills in upstate New York.

Time

This shot is a composite with the foreground taken around sunset/blue hour and the sky obviously taken at night but from a different location.

Lighting

The lighting of the foreground was all form natural sunlight around sunset. I corrected the white balance in post to get a cooler image to go with the night sky. I had waited around for a while but the stars were not lining up the way I thought that they would, so I chose to do a composite to get the night sky where I envisioned it.

Equipment

The foreground was shot with a Sony a7rII and a Ronikon 14mm F2.8 lens. The stars were taken on a Sony a65 and a Samyang 16mm F2.0. Both shots were taken using a tripod with a 2 sec shutter delay.

Inspiration

There are so many place to explore great waterfalls and hikes in upstate NY and I wanted to do this hike since the pictures I had seen online were amazing. I didn't want to just duplicate them however and I have a passion for astrophotography too so I wanted to see if I could combine them.

Editing

Yes, this is not a single shot. The foreground is taken at Kaaterskill around sunset but when I returned to that spot much later in the night, the milkyway was more overhead and behind the rocks, so since I wasn't camping there I made the call to hike back down and use previous milkyway shots I had taken to get the image I had originally set out to capture. :I used masking to overlay the sky and adjusted the white balance of the foreground to match with the cooler temps in the sky.

In my camera bag

I carry my main camera, which is now my sony a7rii and usually a backup camera(previously the a65 which has now been replaced with a rx100 IV), 2 or 3 lenses depending on what i'm setting out to shoot, flashlights, extra batteries, filters(ND and polarizers) and a tripod.

Feedback

Research. I spend a lot of time scouting locations online and mapping the sun and stars to time it just right. Also try to share in the adventure. For this outing I asked 2 of my friends to accompany me since I knew id be in the middle of no where up on a dangerous hike in the middle of the night. Neither of them were photographers but they thought it would be fun to hike and sit and have some beers while I did my thing. Having the company kept me there much longer than I would have if I was on my own which provided me good opportunity to get some great shots.

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