"Celestine Prophecy II"
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Where to start with this image. This is one of my favorite locations on the island and hadnt been here in well over a year...wtf. With some free time on Saturday I was debating between 2 locations for sunset and ended here. While hiking down the trail I was thinking with the clear skies it would be fun to try a technique I've been meaning to give a whirl...combing one exposure for the landscape while being able to see the stars.
Taking out my fancy phone and using Star Walk I was able to find that the Milky Way would be in this approximate position just after sunset. So composed, set my exposure and waiting for the light to drop low enough to get the first shot...then wait...and wait. Finally got dark enough to get a shot of the stars but the Milky Way wasnt far enough over! Rats. Spent the next 90 min or so waiting for the 'cloud' to move across the sky in to my composition. While taking the exposure I thought it might be fun to immediately tilt up and take another to possible blend in to make a pano. The Milky Way was arching over the entire sky but alas couldnt get it all
The processing involved is kinda ridiculous and took me a while. The trick is to get the landscape image to look as night timey as possible. Blending them together was just a massive PITA and it's not perfect...but definitely printable...LARGE!