Welcome to Panachallenge!
If you are already a member, Click Here to Log In.

t t rss cal
    Home   ·   Rules   ·   Mugshots   ·   Challenges   ·   Stats   ·   Forums   ·   Help Register    

  Mini#35 Best of 2016
Entry 4 of 38
Mystical Milky Way       ©2017 SteveBee
Panasonic DMC-GX85       4th place, 139 points
30s, f2.8, ISO 3200, 24mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Exposure gradients to balance sky and ground, clarity, color adjustments, saturation adjustments       Extra Info: Milky Way at the end of July
22 comments on this entry
Log in to
add a comment

Jan 10, 2017
    Two top fives - and both well deserved. Congratulations.

Jan 10, 2017
    Congrats Steve. Here I thought you'd added a bit of snow to make some of us feel more at home :-) I was aware of the white and the dark smudges around some branches but I thought these were minor compared to the impact of the whole shot.

Jan 9, 2017
    mrsawyer: I think that is an artifact of the application of clarity. I wasn't really satisfied with the processing result, but it was late and I was too tired to try to work on it anymore.

Jan 9, 2017
    Congrats on high finish, Steve. What caused those white areas between some branches on the main tree? I noticed some other members noticed them as well.

    Comments After End of Challenge    
    Comments During Voting    

Jan 9, 2017
    Beautiful shot

Jan 9, 2017
    Another beautiful and magical sky shot. I love the unusual colours in the sky and the amazing number of stars. The silhouetted tree really ties everything together.

Jan 8, 2017
    Wonderful shot. Brings back some good memories for me before we had so much light pollution here.

Jan 8, 2017
    davemisunas: It's a single image, but there are lights from a town where it's bright.

Jan 8, 2017
    Always like a good milky way photo... not sure but suspect it is more than one image, lighting on grass looks like day and there is some odd white areas in the tree branch's... still like it.. in my favorites

Jade O.
Jan 8, 2017
    Quite a stunning sky; I'd have darkened the ground to make a more dramatic image.

Jan 8, 2017
    Good capture of the starry night! In my faves.

Jan 7, 2017
    Very well done with capturing the night sky! The colours seems just a little too saturated.

Jan 7, 2017
    I appreciate all the comments and agree with them. I'm really not satisfied with the processing and may give it another go later. I often find that after I let an image sit for days, weeks, or months and then come back to it with fresh eyes that it is easier to see what the image needs.
Edited on Jan 7, 2017

Jan 7, 2017
    Nice capture of the star field - almost looks like the tree is on fire.

Jan 7, 2017
    lovely. Perhaps a bit over sharpened, as evidenced by the mid-ground tree?? Sure can be a beautiful planet compared to what are probably mostly lifeless rocks "out there."

Jan 7, 2017
    Beautiful night sky photo. That Milky Way certainly packs a punch.

Jan 6, 2017
    very nice. i think it would be very easy to get hooked on astrophotography when you can get results like this.
there are some dark shadowy areas along some of the larger branches and a few light artifacts in the tree. did that happen in post processing or just accidental.
overall, great shot.
Edited on Jan 6, 2017

Jan 6, 2017
    Great shot and colours. Surprised the stars aren't blurring after 30s. Nice.

Jan 6, 2017
    The sky is beautiful, but there are parts around the tree that left bright white areas due to some PP you applied and those are too distracting to me.

Jan 6, 2017
    wow this very nice. well balanced and framed

Jan 6, 2017
    Tremendous composition with the tree and excellent detail at ISO 3200!

Anthony Comyn
Jan 6, 2017
    The excessive smudged branches bother me most, but I still love the scene. The tree with the milky way work so well. In my favorites.
Entry Navigation
First       Prev       Entry
4 of 38
      Next       Last      




4 of 38



Vote Stats
26 total votes:

1st  (1): |
2nd  (3): |||
3rd  (4): ||||
4th  (2): ||
5th  (2): ||
6th  (4): ||||
7th  (2): ||
8th  (4): ||||
9th  (0):  
10th  (4): ||||


By SteveBee

United States

93 Challenge

#25 25th
#32 18th
#33 10th
#34 4th
#35 11th
#36 8th
#38 6th
#40 2nd
#41 3rd
#46 9th
#47 23rd
#51 34th
#55 4th
#56 13th
#57 8th
#58 2nd
#60 20th
#62 22nd
#65 19th
#66 15th
#67 7th
#69 28th
#94 1st
#109 1st
#117 22nd
#134 23rd
#147 30th
#152 7th
#159 6th
#160 4th
#162 6th
#163 4th
#164 4th
#165 13th
#166 7th
#168 5th
#169 11th
#170 7th
#171 13th
#172 12th
#173 3rd
#174 26th
#175 4th
#176 18th
#177 12th
#178 1st
#179 5th
#180 13th
#181 10th
#182 2nd
#183 16th
#184 1st
#185 5th
#186 9th
#187 7th
#188 12th
#189 7th
#190 5th
#191 4th
#192 3rd
#193 11th
#194 2nd
#195 7th
#196 12th
#197 16th
#198 6th
#199 2nd
#200 21st
#201 30th
#203 2nd
#204 10th
#205 15th
#206 4th
#207 1st
#208 6th
#209 8th
#210 5th
#211 5th
#212 10th
#213 2nd
#215 3rd
#216 4th
#217 14th
#218 2nd
#219 13th
#220 8th
#222 2nd
#223 4th
#225 7th
#226 20th
#228 14th
#231 13th
#232 3rd

Avg rank:




4 of 38


    Comments? Suggestions? Problems? Click here!       Disclaimer