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The Milky Way rising over Balanced Rock in Utah's Arches National Park, shortly after sunset. I know this image won't break new grounds composition-wise but my top priority was to create something visually appealing of an often photographed icon.

Blend of two exposures. One for the foreground: 15 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 400. Another one for the Milky Way about 10 minutes after the first shot: 20 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 800.
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Karinta Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I LOVE Arches!!
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
your lovely work is featured at :iconwater-and-nature-art: - have a look please and enjoy [link]
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inwardly Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
may I ask how you got such detail in 20 seconds? it usually takes many overlays to get so much detail out of the milky way =) Would love to learn how to do this. (please respond!)
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sandyandi146 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
just wow!!!
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Arafinwearcamenel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
This is a little bit too bleu for me but this is a great capture.
To see your exifs you have really dark skies...
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JuliaKittles Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Shots like this make me regret living in my small town! :(
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Pancake-Dragon Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student General Artist
That's an awesome way to get the forground and background! Man that's an awesome amount o' stars! :D
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gabriel-ss4u Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
another epic shot, u have talent!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Beautiful shot, The sky looks great here and the composition is perfect.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
How did you get the milky way so luminous at ISO 800 O_O
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
It helps to stand in the middle of the desert with very little to no light pollution. The moon that night had yet to come up but it was close to full, so on a new moon night, I am sure, the Milky Way would have even more pronounced and of course, there is some Photoshop involved to bring out the subtle details through local contrast adjustments.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
I see. Yeah I live right on the edge of Wood Buffalo National Park, which is actually about to be declared as a "dark sky zone" and protected as such. Very dark skies here, although I would need to get father away from even my small town I suppose. I need to get better at those very precise adjustments.
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Aquarior Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa, the stars are twinkling in this deviation! :wow: No wait, that must be the monitor malfunctioning. I see pixels flaring up shortly on changing positions. Nevertheless, a fitting effect :giggle:
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
Haha! Might have to look into a new screen then... or sell the old one for big bucks advertising it as a revolution that helps animating landscape images. Good luck either way and thanks for the nice comment!
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Aquarior Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, luckily it was in the PC pool of my university ^^; But it was indeed an awesome effect :w00t: Thank you for sharing your great work! :clap:
A fluffy Llama for you :iconllamajumpplz:
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deviatarte Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i think i would have left the rock out, or featured it less prominently- i know it was supposed to be the focal point, but the two just don't match and the sky is so dazzling the rock seems to be more of an obstruction than an object of interest.

beautiful shot, though :] that sky is simply fantastic.
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
I tend to not agree.
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cerulean88 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
beautiful :clap:
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jvmediadesign Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional Artist
I think it's awesome! And nice job on the blend.
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Nariane Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Wow
Impressive!!
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Annarigby Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Wow amazing, I really love it!
I've some good memories from that place!
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EmikoxD Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
amazing :)
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XiaoGui Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
This is wonderful! I especially like the contrast in colours, with the red rock and the blueish night sky. And such a crisp Milky Way! Exquisite! :clap:
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Kinpurney Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
very nice indeed! :clap:
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Creative--Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
Awesome! Very nicely done :)
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oldcarpenter49 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Fabulous image ! .
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sylaan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous sky :)
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PhoenixHawke Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice. How do you get the stars to come out in such perfect pinpricks? Mine always end up showing slight star-trails even on just a 30 second exposure
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sylaan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
If I am not mistaken, 30 seconds is kinda the limit, anything above that and the star (or rather earth's) movement will become apparent. The description mentions he did a 20 second exposure for the stars and if the focus is right then they will appear crisp and sharp.
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davidrichterphoto Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
You're right, 30 seconds should be the absolute maximum. Even on 20 seconds you can notice it at full size towards the edge of the frame. The more light you can get on the sensor within the shortest time possible (to get a proper exposure), the better the Milky Way will show.

Plus, there are a few other things to consider... shoot on a night with a new moon and chances increase you'll get a good shot because more stars will be visible. Try to avoid areas with a lot of light pollution (cities, metropolitan areas and central Europe, etc. LOL). Shoot with a wide angle lens or fisheye for the Milky Way to make an impact in the frame. Then, set the widest aperture available (small f-stop) and make sure to have your polarizer off.

Last but not, there are several things to consider when it comes to post processing. Especially noise reduction and sharpening but each shot is different, so there is not really a guide to follow.

Hope that helps.
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sylaan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, that is where a fast lens really helps. As well as a camera which deal well with higher ISO values.
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ed-lina Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
remarkable!
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AlexisLish Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet! Love the stars in this one.
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SunOwl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
This really 'pops'! It looks 3D.
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StevenDavisPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
i didnt get anything nearly this nice there. i suck at night shots :P
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ragnaice Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that blue is so beautiful! And that rock is pretty cool :D
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HikariAkai Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Very cool, i love the stars especially
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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
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15/1 second
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F/2.8
Focal Length
16 mm
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400
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Sep 27, 2010, 4:10:11 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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