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Forestry Road Starry Skies by Brian Wagner

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Brian Wagner Brian Wagner
Explore score
0.36 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 24, 2012
Date taken
Jan 23, 2012

My brother Chris and I decided to brave the cold and finally take some night gigapans. You know, the hardest part of doing star photography is getting the damn focus set. Believe it or not, when you're pointing your camera in practically pitch dark, autofocus doesn't work all that well ... lucky for us, we had our truck headlights to light up the trees in the back; we managed. The photo was taken about an hour west of Calgary Alberta, heading west on highway 1A and then north on forestry road (and then goodness knows where, thankfully we had GPS). We found a capped oil well, beautiful open sky and little light polution. The sign said no shooting and no trespassing. I assumed they meant no gun shooting. :) The stars were magnificent -- and you know, we didn't even know there were northern lights on the northern horizon until we viewed the photos in Lightroom ... if you adjust the white balance (like we did), the northern lights become clear as day. That night they were very subtle. I used a Zeiss 50mm f/2 macro ... while our exposures were automatically logging we watched youtube videos of UFO news breaks, so I think we didn't want to risk the outdoors much that night. Ah youtube, you scare us more than you delight us.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 359 megapixels (34996 x 10284 pixels)
Input images: 50 (10 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 305.1 degrees wide by 89.7 degrees high (top=73.0, bottom=-16.6)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: NIKON D700
Image size: 4256x2832 (12.1 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-01-23 21:31:34 - 2012-01-23 22:05:31
Aperture: f/4
Exposure time: 13
ISO: 5000
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 50.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 34.7 to 68.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 32.8 to 33.3 percent
Computer stats: 8190.05 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 3:28 (4.2 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 27 seconds, Projection: 37 seconds, Blending: 2:24
(Preview finished in 1:30)

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