Outback Night Sky

Hey Guys my blog has been a little neglected lately! hopefully get things going a bit better now, Here’s a photo I took the other week out on the wheatbelt, taken with the Fuji X100 its a two shot stack one photo shot at f/8 for the foreground and the sky shot at F/2.0 to get the stars.

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  1. Posted August 25, 2011 at 6:04 am by Jeff | Permalink

    Hi Will, I assume that you are using Helicon Focus to stack the images. What sort of exposure did you use. I had thought that I would never mount my X100 on a tripod but you may have just changed that.

  2. Posted August 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm by admin | Permalink

    Hi Jeff, Actually because it was just two images I just manually blended them in photoshop, both shots were 30 sec foreground f/8 and sky f/2.0 at iso 1600, was a bright moon over my left shoulder, foreground was taken a little bit before the sky. yeah Im very happy with the results of the Fuji at f/8 on a tripod!

  3. Posted August 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm by Jeff | Permalink

    It’s an excellent little camera. You could have done it on your 40 at 400. That would be an interesting experiment. I recently shot a lot at 400, some intentional from a helicopter, and a few others as a stuffup.

  4. Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm by mervfrench | Permalink

    Just wondering why you used the x100 for this when you have a Hassie ??

    I’m using a borrowed X100 at the moment for a little while but I’m not that comfortable with it. Superb image quality but a messy thing to use , not over impressed with it from that point of view.


  5. Posted August 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm by admin | Permalink

    Sorry for the late reply fellas, Jeff you wouldn’t pick up the skies like that with the blad at iso 400 and the 28mm is only f/4.0 the blad h4d 40 is pretty terrible at iso 1600 but its better then the rest of the medium format cameras, The Hasselblad is alright at iso 400 but with longer exposures would get pretty noisy?

  6. Posted August 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm by Jeff | Permalink

    I don’t think that noise would be an issue Will. At 400, it’s still very acceptable. I did a stack of aerials in Iceland at 400 and they worked very well. I wouldn’t expect noise to be an issue at any exposure time.

  7. Posted August 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm by admin | Permalink

    Nice! but shooting the milky way you really can only shoot for 30sec before you start getting movement and iso400 wouldnt pick up the stars in that time, unless you have a tracking tripod head!

  8. Posted August 30, 2011 at 9:17 pm by Jeff | Permalink

    I have a very expensive tripod head but it doesn’t track, good point.

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