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Milky Way by alexandre-deschaumes Milky Way by alexandre-deschaumes
An experimentation with High ISO with a clear sky.

During the last 2 Days Workshop in Chamonix . Lac des Cheserys . France.
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Outside the sanctum of astrophotographers, it is a little known fact that astrophotography is the most difficult discipline in the realm of photography, where the factors of environment, the element of weather, the cooperation of equipment and operator must all align (I hate to use this term as it draws parallels with charlatans) to assist each other in reaching the penultimate destination; that is, an aesthetically pleasing photograph.

It's unfortunate that we don't see too many of these types of vistas, and, even if this was just simple experimentation at high ISOs, I commend you for having the foresight and vision to create this landscape.

What we see presented here is a stunning view of our home -- the Milky Way -- as it sets over the distant mountains, and, if I'm not mistaken, the residual cone of zodiacal light to the left. If we draw an imaginary line through the centre of both, we create a triangle, with its top-most point just shy of centre-left.

To create another triangle: the bright point light source to the left is the planet Jupiter, sailing through Capricornus. The bright star towards the centre-top of the image is Altair, which is also known as Alpha Aquilae (the brightest star in Aquila). The bright star (just above the mountains) which can been seen in the reflection of the lake is Kaus Australis (Epsilon Sagittarii), the brightest star in Sagitarius.

The eye is assisted to being drawn towards the Milky Way, due to the parallel vignetting which is present as a result of the wide angle lens. Whilst vignetting is sometimes desirable for terrestrial photography (for example, framing a bride and groom at a wedding), it is a massive problem for us astrophotographers (especially on full frame sensors), and, we've developed techniques to combat it. These techniques are beyond the scope of this critique, and, in all honesty, the darkening here aids the visual impact of the composition.

The chrominance noise in the sky is a little distracting, and, could be better handled, but, having said that, I realise this is an experimental exposure and therefore can be let it slide.

The 30 second exposure chosen for this shot is just right, too. Anything longer than approximately 40 seconds at 17mm, and the stars would have trailed significantly enough to be noticeable.

Sublime images like this have a profound impact on the viewer. Personally, they take me to a place void of humans; this is what the first people would have seen (sans light pollution and sky glow). This Romantic notion is juxtaposed, somewhat, by the presence of satellite trails (most likely Iridium and COSMOS communications satellites) gliding on their paths through the heavens.

If you'd like a detailed map of what it is that we're looking at in the sky, please don't hesitate to ask.

Well done on making a super image.

Regards,
H
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Creative--Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
Your work never ceases to amaze me my friend! Keep taking these awesome images! :clap:
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CezarMart Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Beautiful scene
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InfiniteHands9991 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy space this is awesome.
I'd give everything to see our galaxy.
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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mikaela-pal Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Feel like I'm adding all your photos to my favourites, but.. wow.
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Shikuru Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011   Photographer
Beautiful landscape!
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NigNag Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Outstanding
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musio Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely amazing, as all your works actually !!!!!!! It's my dream to see such beautifull places!!!
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MauricioMassami Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing shot!
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Judean1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Beautiful capture! Thanks for sharing. Jud
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pedrorondon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
wow... truly beautiful !
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
!!!
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theblueberrybush Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Photographer
what a spinetingler! this is just perfect! one of the best works i've seen in quite some time!
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eabhaciar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing
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Echoing-DelCrystal Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
might i ask how long did it take to get this shot its amazing.
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lotsosmiles85 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely stunning. I throughly enjoy viewing astrophotography. You've captured the heavens splendidly. :+fav:
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RachelWoodNM Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Agreed. Absolutely stunning.
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you
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RITArevenge Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
this.

is.

amazing.

whoa man.
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Johhy55 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Awesome shot!
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mydecember90 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i love this!!just gorgeous
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much.
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And-true Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Incredible shot! :o
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Aurora68 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
I love this one a lot...but thatīs only one highlight out of your great work.
Most impressive!!
Kindest regards & all the best
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asandor Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student Artist
wow, great shot monsieur :)
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Horrorlullaby Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
:heart:
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you
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Aztil Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Stunning image and gallery...
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galactica1actual Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student Photographer
High ISO!!!

The noise is practically non existent!
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:iconalexandre-deschaumes:
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
Sometimes yes . But here there is only stars :) thank you
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Diangos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
I just wanna ask out of sheer curiosity: are all the stars in the picture or are some of them blown out pixels due to long exposure noise - this happens sometimes on my D90.
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myuneko626 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Student Photographer
Featured here [link]

:heart:
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TinyWild Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Magique!

>^.^<
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
damn. thats impressive
ehehe i've the same camera
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Alcamin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Hi there! Iím just letting you know that I have featured your work here. I hope thatís okay. :)

Keep up the great work! :#1:
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CarinaT Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
It's so beautiful. It kills me that here in the cities, we see barely 1/10 of the stars that appear in your photo.
Thankyou for sharing this with us. I swear I will travel somewhere to see a nightsky like this for myself one day.
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)

Hi ,
I've never heard about "apod" .. I should check it :D
well, thank you very much for your words .. much appreciated!!
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Pisaac Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
wow i saw this on apod first, (astronomy picture of the day) and was blown away.
really amazing to find the photographer behind it, great work in your gallery.
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EyesontheNature Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Awesome, i dig it :D
Keep up the amazing work.
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes, that's it :) thank you.
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EyesontheNature Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Absolutely amazing. (like all your shots)
Also, i really like your signature, i only speak a little french, but it means "Time is hard for dreamers"?
Thanks for an amazing shot :D
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olivermark Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
divine
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little-spacey Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Student General Artist
I N C R E D I B L E

:clap: :clap: :clap:

:heart:
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
thank you! I don't know much about 'astrophotography' as well . ;)
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
;)
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
!!! well .. hmhmh ... "thank you" again.. :floating: :D
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Dolore Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Alexandre, you are God. Seriuosly. If I had taken something similar to this, I think I simply would fall over and die out of pure happiness.

=P
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santiagomontesdeoca Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Student Filmographer
Wow... I wish I was there :)
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Le9 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
I don't know much about astrophotography, but the way you grasped the sky and land seems unearthly despite its naturalness.
What a sight. :)
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
yes . but it's correct ! lol ; Iso: 3200 !
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Canon
Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
30/1 second
Aperture
F/4.0
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
3200
Date Taken
Sep 8, 2009, 9:41:21 PM
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