Milky Way over Toadstool Hoodoos
Here is a photo from last night taken at Toadstool Hoodoos in Utah. The bright lights on the left are Jupiter and Saturn. The glow on the right is caused by the Mangum Fires in Kaibab Forest (GC North Rim area). Initially I was disappointed not to have a clear sky, but now feel it adds to the story.
Joel and other experts - I have a question:
I am having an issue with aligning images. I noticed that even though I used the same camera position, FL etc. for the foreground (taken at dusk) and the Milky Way (at 3 AM), when I bring them to blend, they weren't aligning. I couldn't understand why, but then realized that maybe it is happening because the foreground image is a stacked one - so obviously the dimensions of the final image are slightly different from the original. It is not just dimensions, but the image itself is transformed ever so slightly - so even if I amend the pixels of the Milky Way photo to match the foreground stacked one, I still seem to have very small issues with alignment (when looking at 100+ %). Any ideas how to fix this? I know I could just take an unstacked photo, but I prefer to stack to get the focus clarity. Here is a crop from the hoodoo on the right - notice the black line where it is not aligned. Frustrated.
Thanks for looking.