Matt Smith near Weimar, Texas
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From Matt about this image:
TRACKED / STACKED / BLEND
Still learning some valuable lessons along the way. Before coming back to work after my week off, I was told I would be on nights, again. So I had to kill some time Wednesday night / Thursday morning to try and get back to that schedule as best I could. I took a nap Wednesday night, woke up at 2am, then took a trip to the family farm near Weimar, Texas. I knew I wanted to shoot the entrance road since it runs North and South, and the Milky Way would line up to it around 4am. I got there and set up, and after several test shots, I got the framing just right.
I used the tried and true, 4', f/4, ISO 400, and it looked great, but I wanted more DOV, so I tried 4', f/8, ISO 1600. On the back of the LCD, it looked great, but once I got on the computer, the hot pixels and noise was way too much to bear, even after stacking 5 frames. I ended up going with the single f/4 frame. Lesson learned.
Afterwards, I set up for the sky and shot 6 frames for stacking. No biggie there, except everyone always seems to have a light source just south of where the camera is. The glow from the small town would have been fine, but someone in the middle of nowhere just HAS to have that one light that is pouring out in all directions. Oh well.
Foreground: 18mm, 240", f/4, ISO 400.
Sky: 6 Frames tracked, 15mm, 180" f/4, ISO 800
Processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.