Burning Galaxy

Probably the last of the images of the 'gerry tree' which I will post, however similarly to Rodneys version I did take a partial liking to the vertical composition and also the option for a milkway background to the wool spin. This image was taken from a recent trip with +Rodney Campbell and +Suren J to the Stockton Dunes, by the way chaps, it is quite possible to walk to the ship wreck too, keen? 😉

Two frames manually blended together, one for the milkway and one for the steel wool spinnage.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with a sand filled Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/6.7 ISO 100 and Shutter Speed: 169s (steel wool)
Aperture: f/2.8 ISO 3200 and Shutter Speed: 25s (milkyway)
out front – nada,

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed.

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35 thoughts on “Burning Galaxy

  1. Clever way to balance the massive difference in the light between the stars and the spin. I've been trying to do it with one frame by putting on black glass during the exposure with not so hot results

  2. Sounds like another road trip +Gerard Blacklock – I'm keen mate (hopefully find a shortish walk over the dunes?)
    +Paul Pavlinovich – I don't expect the black glass will work as it not only reduces the exposure on the bright steel wool but also massively kills the stars. If you wanted to do a single shot you could try exposing for many many minutes (perhaps an hour) at say f/5.6 and a mid ISO and you might get some star trails as the background (and do the 30 second wool spin sometime during the exposure)

  3. Excellent shot, this weekend I will be trying a panorama shot using the milky way and some rocky outcrops. I find the blending of images the hardest part.

  4. Ahh – similar to the hand grad method – interesting idea +Paul Pavlinovich – I can see how it might get tricky attaching the filter without moving things – are you doing a screw in filter or a Lee style holder (if using the Lee holder perhaps you could reverse the order and remove it after doing the steel wool and then let the stars and ambient expose?)

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