Chaco at Night

Colorado CJColorado CJ Registered Users Posts: 155 Major grins
edited February 1, 2016 in Landscapes
I thought I'd look through the countless thousands of RAW files I have and start processing them.

First up is one I shot at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico a couple years ago. It was a nice moonless night and about as dark of skies as you can get in North America.

This was processed from a single image, not a composite.

Nikon D600
Samyang 14mm F2.8 lens
25 second exposure
6400 ISO

For some reason, the Flickr photo look much more grainy and not a good representation of how it looks in Photoshop.

24081142661_49ea3ae3fc_o.jpgChaco-at-Night-Reprocessed by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr


  • David_S85David_S85 Administrators Posts: 13,031 moderator
    edited January 4, 2016
    Intensely clean shot for one exposure. You did real good there. Great comp too!
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  • SeefutlungSeefutlung Registered Users Posts: 2,781 Major grins
    edited January 4, 2016
    Wow, wow, wow. I love star shots.
    My snaps can be found here:
    Unsharp at any Speed
  • joe-bobjoe-bob Registered Users Posts: 368 Major grins
    edited January 26, 2016
    Just fabulous.
  • StumblebumStumblebum Registered Users Posts: 8,480 Major grins
    edited January 26, 2016
    Superb! I love the it should be!
  • pathfinderpathfinder Super Moderators Posts: 14,669 moderator
    edited February 1, 2016
    I have always thought that Chaco would be a great site for star shots, but have never photographed stars there.

    I like the image and the composition.

    It seems like we keep using higher and higher ISO to shoot stars - I remember lots of star shots at ISO 1600, or even 800 at times. But now almost all of them seem to be north of 3200 ISO, including my own.
    Pathfinder -

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