Milky Way over the Blue Ridge Parkway

moose135moose135 Major grinsLong Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Posts: 1,265Registered Users Major grins

I took a ride out to the Blue Ridge Parkway a week ago, up near Boone, NC, to shoot the stars and Milky Way.

1 - Your basic Milky Way photo:

2- A random star photo, I think that light on the horizon is Wilkesboro:

3 - A six-shot pano:

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,872Registered Users Major grins

    Nice John! If you can find better fg, then it would make shots stand out more. Pano is nice! Looks like a bench is there.......if mine I would try to figure out how to add a person firing beam at center or something....I love the explosive galactic center to the right....

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,127Registered Users Major grins

    Nice work, John. That pano shot is pretty strong. I've been up in Banner Elk since June 10 and so far I think there's been two nights of clear skies. Good opportunity, though, to get some good shots of clouds floating along below the ridge top level.

    See you, buddy

    Tom

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • moose135moose135 Major grins Long Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Posts: 1,265Registered Users Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Nice John! If you can find better fg, then it would make shots stand out more. Pano is nice! Looks like a bench is there.......

    Thanks! I do look for some good foreground elements when I can, but that night, we were just looking for a nice clear area to see the sky - I was out with a friend who hadn't shot the stars before, so I wanted her to get some good images to start. The thing that looks like a bench is actually a large sign at the edge of the parking area - it is the "Tom Dooley" parking area, and the sign tells the true story of Tom Dule, a Civil War veteran, who inspired the song. I'll probably go back and edit that out - I thought about it, but never did.

  • moose135moose135 Major grins Long Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Posts: 1,265Registered Users Major grins

    @black mamba said:
    Nice work, John. That pano shot is pretty strong. I've been up in Banner Elk since June 10 and so far I think there's been two nights of clear skies. Good opportunity, though, to get some good shots of clouds floating along below the ridge top level.

    Thank you, Tom! If you're going to be around for a while, we'll have to meet up.

  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilPosts: 2,947Registered Users Major grins

    The last one is gorgeous!

  • Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Commercial Photographer San Francisco's North BayPosts: 2,294Registered Users Major grins

    That pano shot is a true winner, very well done.

    Steve

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  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins Posts: 2,003Registered Users Major grins

    Really good shots, as I expect when I've seen that you've posted.

  • moose135moose135 Major grins Long Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Posts: 1,265Registered Users Major grins

    Thank you so much!

  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 11,691Administrators moderator

    Love the last one, but it is too blue.

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  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 17,959Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator

    @Cygnus Studios said:
    That pano shot is a true winner, very well done.

    Well done!

  • moose135moose135 Major grins Long Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Posts: 1,265Registered Users Major grins

    @David_S85 said:
    Love the last one, but it is too blue.

    You're right, I need to tweak the white balance - post processing these is still something of an adventure...

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAPosts: 11,082Administrators moderator

    Love the pano.

  • roaddog52roaddog52 Major grins In the sticks, NE of SeattlePosts: 905Registered Users Major grins

    Love the pano also!

    Phil

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