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    James Staddon
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    ASSIGNMENT DETAILS:

    Request: A photo of the night sky framed by dark trees to illustrate Psalm 33:20-22, “Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.”
    Specifics: The night sky in your submission should be full of stars, and include the milky way if possible. Trees should be dark, silhouetted against the sky, almost framing the shot if possible. The photo will be used in a horizontal panoramic format, so leave room from cropping off the top and/or bottom. Here’s an example image for inspiration.
    Purpose: The photo will be used in a tract for distributing at Christmastime by a friend from Ontario named Elizabeth.
    Photo Specs: Shoot as high quality as possible, as it will be printed! RAW, preferably, or Large JPG. Edit however you like.
    How to Submit: 1) Upload original files to this link. 2) Attach JPGs less than 8MB in size in reply to this topic if you would like them to be critiqued. (Learn to downsize JPGs appropriately in this video.)
    Remuneration: Members of “The Click” will be paid $10 per chosen submission!
    Terms: Chosen submissions will be used exclusively for this project and for nothing else. You continue to retain full rights to your image.
    Deadline: Midnight Saturday, September 22, 2018 (or until this topic is closed).

    RELATED TRAINING:
    How to Photograph the Night Sky – Members of “The Click” may access this step by step training explaining the Lenspiration method for taking amazing photos of the sky at night!

    PHOTO CRITIQUE:
    Photos submitted for this assignment will be critiqued in October’s live Photo Critique Webinar. The $9 webinar is free for members of “The Click”.

    It won’t be a new moon for long….hope you can get something soon!
    –James

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    Josiah Waldner
    Participant

    I was just planning to get some Milky way shots tonight- the conditions are perfect! I do have a question though- I assume the picture is for the front of a tract, and as such, should we be shooting horizontally or vertically?

    #33438

    Logan Lamar
    Participant

    I could get some shots of the milky way… behind a thick layer of overcast clouds. I don’t think your tract maker is looking for an image that portrays faith 😉 . Pacific Northwest weather tends to be better in the daytime when the clouds get a chance to burn off, unfortunately.

    #33441

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    should we be shooting horizontally or vertically?

    Great question @josiahw. Horizontally, for this assignment. The tract is being bound on the short edge, unlike normal.

    #33463

    Josiah Waldner
    Participant

    Here are four I shot last night- I had assumed that I should shoot vertically, and so most of these aren’t useable. @jamesstaddon, is this the type of photo you are looking for, or should I try to make the Milky Way “pop”? I may be able to get some more tonight. Would star trail shots work too?

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    Josiah Waldner
    Participant

    And three more. I did some editing in Photoshop this time- trying to make the milky way stand out a bit more.

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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Yes, the sharp horizontal ones are looking good. The last one, with the framing on three sides, is best, with the picture being mostly sky. If you do go out again, the main things to keep in mind would be:

    * Keep things tack sharp (DSCF2173 is not focused well enough, the others are good)
    * Keep trees in complete silhouette (unlike 1-of-3)
    * Use shutter speed of 1-of-3 (3-of-3 seems just a little too long, less like dots in the sky….it could be that it’s just edited a bit too much)
    * Frame like 3-of-3 only with more sky

    Feel free to do a star trails one, for variety if you’d like, but I’m thinking more the visible milky way.

    #33593

    Eliana Franzenburg
    Participant

    Here is one I took last night. I recently got some advice on how to photograph the night sky and this is my first successful attempt 🙂

    • This reply was modified 1 week ago by  Eliana Franzenburg. Reason: I chose the wrong file
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    blessings captured
    Participant

    Here are a couple star pictures. The drop box link is not working it said “This file request has been closed or deleted.”

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    Josiah Waldner
    Participant

    Here is one I took a while ago as part of a star trails stack, and edited just now. I found the Dropbox link closed, too.

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    Josiah Waldner
    Participant

    Wow, @blessingcaptured, your pictures have a lot of potential! I edited one just to see what all it contained, and even with just the Jpeg, the results were impressive! Do you have the RAW file? If so, you should play with it a bit more. Try adjusting contrast, white balance, and clarity. These things help a lot in astrophotography. Here is what I got out of the JPG.

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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Thank you for alerting me to this problem, @blessingscaptured! I believe I have resolved the problem. Can you try again, using the same link?

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    blessings captured
    Participant

    @jamesstaddon the link works now! And yes @JosiahWaldner I do have the RAWs but I don’t know much about astrophotography editing yet.

    #33738

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Hey guys, thank you for taking the time to submit photos for this assignment! I’m grateful for the many options you provided, @josiahw. I’ll present the images to the publisher and be sure to post here what they decide to use, probably sometime in November, which is the time they are going to print. I will also personally critique the images on the photo critique webinar on October 9 https://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-with-lenspiration-oct-9/

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