mattpayne
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Dome of Silence



Using an astro-tracker and a very long exposure, I was able to capture the Milky Way in glorious detail within the Bisti Badlands of New Mexico. These ancient h...
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Using an astro-tracker and a very long exposure, I was able to capture the Milky Way in glorious detail within the Bisti Badlands of New Mexico. These ancient hoodoos spoke to me deeply, and the dome of rock in the distance made for an inviting subject to center above the hoodoos below the Milky Way core.
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Contest Finalist in Capture The Milky Way Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in The Milky Way Photo Contest
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The Night Sky And The Stars Photo ContestTop 10 rank
The Night Sky And The Stars Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Experimental Photography ProjectTop 20 rank
Experimental Photography ProjectTop 10 rank week 1
The Stars Photo ContestTop 10 rank
The Stars Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Capture The Milky Way Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Creative Reality Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Summer Road Trip Photo ContestTop 30 rank
Summer Road Trip Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 2
Creative Reality Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Summer Road Trip Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Depth In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Depth In Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 45Top 10 rank
Covers Photo Contest Vol 45Top 10 rank week 1
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 29Top 10 rank
The Milky Way Photo ContestTop 10 rank
The Milky Way Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 29Top 10 rank week 2
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 29Top 10 rank week 1

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JamesTubbsPhotography PRO+
 
JamesTubbsPhotography January 19, 2018
What settings do you have your camera set to to capture this much light without blowing out the image??? can give me a few pointers on how to try this?
RiViCo PRO+
 
RiViCo March 02, 2018
Well planned, excellent execution
CireTheMagnificent
 
CireTheMagnificent March 03, 2018
Magnificent!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle June 03, 2018
This is magnificent, excellent planning really paid off. Congrats on your award :)
michaelakrempelhoward PRO+
 
michaelakrempelhoward June 16, 2018
Congrats to this wonderful capture. Excellent!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This is a composite image (two photos from two different places and times) that I'm actually not super proud of. Since creating this image I have had "an awakening" by which I believe that composite images such as this are not good for the long-term health of landscape photography. The milky way here was taken in Utah and the foreground elements were taken at Bisti Badlands.
Time
Late afternoon for the foreground and 1 AM for the Milky Way.
Lighting
It is a blend of two exposures taken at two different locations and times.
Equipment
This was shot on the Sony A7RII camera and the Nikon 14-24 lens.
Inspiration
At the time, I felt like the scene would benefit from an interesting background layer w/ the Milky Way, so combined the images into one. In retrospect, the foreground was strong enough as-is!
Editing
Quite a lot! See above.
In my camera bag
You can read about that here: http://www.mattpaynephotography.com/my-photography-gear
Feedback
I would not recommend people create unrealistic composites such as this. I have written quite a long essay on the topic here: http://www.mattpaynephotography.com/blog/2018/2/Pretty-Little-Lies

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