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  Mini#31 Best of 2015
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McWay Falls, Big Sur       ©2015 Edward
NIKON D810       4th place, 219 points
16s, f2.8, ISO 2000, 30mm, Manual, Center Weighted Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Too extensive to explain here, lots of dodging, burning, layering and color adjustments went into getting the Milky Way dust lanes and bright star cluster areas to be visibly highlighted.       Extra Info: Went on a field trip with two other photographer friends. We all had powerful spotlights and the three of us together light painted the trees, waterfall and beach areas for this photo.
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Jan 12, 2016
    Amazing shot, and my top pick as well. Congratulations.

Jan 12, 2016
    For me this anyway is best pic in this challenge. Congrats!

Jan 11, 2016
    must have been late at night when i was commenting. i'm sure i left a comment as i put this in fourth spot but must have missed the add comment button. at least i called it right. great shot!

Jade O.
Jan 11, 2016
    Extraordinary! A worthy top 5 finish in a fine field. My top pick overall! Very impressive!

Jan 11, 2016
    Beautifully done and a great finish! Keep dazzling us! Were you perched on a bluff overlooking this scene?
I would like to visit this Milky Way, but wait ... I'm in it already!
Edited on Jan 11, 2016

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Jan 11, 2016
    I know this type of shot is not easy, you need the right equipment, right location and weather condition to mention a few. The result is dramatic and impressive.

Jan 11, 2016
    A.N.Other: lots of questions to answer. First - this was a single 16 second shot, which allowed the 3 of us to light paint the entire foreground scene while the camera was capturing the Milky Way. This was not my first attempt, however. We did perhaps 10-12 separate takes, and this was what I thought was the best of the lot. What you are seeing as different color casts is likely the result of processing the background of sea and stars in separate layers from the foreground. The dark band is natural; it appears to be there in all the takes I did, but seems to be a bit exaggerated by processing. Remember, the background is not receiving any extra light - just whatever light is gathered from the long exposure (and some dodging I might have done to bring out any details I thought might be visually helpful). The color of the lagoon in front of the waterfall is more naturally colored because of the lighting it received. The light streak at the right could have been a meteor - or a possible aircraft running light; it's impossible to tell.
Edited on Jan 11, 2016

Jan 11, 2016
    What a cracking creation you have made! Were the stars at the same time as the waterfall or at a different time and location? Is the short white line (middle right) a shooting star? I would have preferred it if the rest of the sea was the same colour as by the waterfall or did it need the extra light from the spotlights to stop it from being purple? There is a darker band on the horizon. Is that a natural effect? GL.

Jan 11, 2016
    Great job getting this shot and thanks for the explanation of the light painting. The sky alone would be a great shot but he land mass and the waterfall is a huge bonus. Kudos.

Jan 11, 2016
    This is an incredible photograph in so many respects. Wonderful set up, composition and pp.

Jan 11, 2016
    Steve: you are right that there's two subjects here - but it's unfortunate that you see them as competing.

Jan 11, 2016
    Very impressive in terms of the effort that went into making the image. It strikes me though as being two subjects -- the rocky point and the milky way. Either would make a great subject, but here they're competing. The waterfall is a tiny detail at this scale. The bright foreground rocks draw the eye away from the Milky Way. It ends up not being the best image of either subject IMO.

Jan 11, 2016
    Very well done, a really challenging job and a great result, so definitely in my pick & probably a lot of others too!

Jan 11, 2016
    I always loved shots like these. Great technique!

Jan 11, 2016
    What an awesome mix of sky and scene!

Jan 10, 2016
    Beautiful picture & Light Painting.

Jan 10, 2016
    Interesting team work where I have mixed feelings for the result. Admiring the originality of the project. I do find your image looks too unnatural as processed here.

Jan 9, 2016
    well done the artificial lighting has worked and the water fall is enough and doesn't overpower the skies
high in my favourites due to the work done and the skill to get the lighting right in the first place
Edited on Jan 9, 2016

Jan 9, 2016
    Excellent example of light painting and star gazing

Anthony Comyn
Jan 8, 2016
    Well done... stars came out beautifully!

Jan 8, 2016

Jade O.
Jan 7, 2016
    Superb. No. 1. I would ordinarily be surprised if this didn't end up on top but there are too many excellent images to make that prediction here.
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