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A perfect morning to photograph the night sky - Star Trails - Barton - ACT - Australia - 20160809 @ 04:22

A perfect morning to photograph the night sky - Star Trails - Barton - ACT - Australia - 20160809 @ 04:22

On a morning that could fuel a person through the many other times when the weather, the light, the subjects, etc. are so terribly ordinary, I was a witness to the amazing scene shown here. Well, almost - I couldn't see star trails - what I could see was the scene as depicted in the complementary "point star" photograph to this one (see the Flickr link).

Point star image on Flickr ...

Star trail image on Flickr ...

This star trail image shows the same scene for a 34 minute exposure which is the maximum single shot exposure period that the Hasselblad CFV-50c digital back provides. The star trails are just long enough to be pleasing, though I wouldn't mind being able to double the exposure time to an hour or so.

During the exposure, mist had started to form around the lake, adding to the wonderful atmosphere of this photograph.

The exposure settings, when combined with the aperture of the lens that I was using, produced some very impressive "star bursts" that can be seen radiating from each bright light. The photographic community is divided with respect to liking or loathing these features. I fall into the former camp. To me, the fact that they are not part of the actual scene as taken in by the human eye is not an important consideration. I am not taking "documentary" or "journalism" photographs. Instead, I am producing pictures that make me happy, and I think that they look crazy. Reality is a myth and can be highly overrated in photography. Star bursts are an obvious deviation from whatever counts as reality in photography.

As far as the details go, this photograph takes in stars that belong to the constellations of Taurus and Orion. The details are given in the description of the complementary point star photograph (see the Flickr link earlier in the post).

[ Location - Barton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia ]

Photography notes ...
The photograph was taken using the following hardware configuration ...
(Year of manufacture indicated in braces where known.)
- Hasselblad 500C/M body (1994).
- Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back for Hasselblad V mount camera.
- Hasselblad Focusing Screen for the CFV-50c digital back, with focusing prism and crop markings.
- Hasselblad 45 Degree Viewfinder PME-45 42297 (2001).
- Hasselblad Carl Zeiss lens - Distagon 50mm f4 CF T* (1985).
- FotodioX B60 Lens Hood for Select Hasselblad Wide-Angle CF Lenses - MFR # HASSY-HD-6050

I acquired the photograph (8272 x 6200 pixels) with an ISO of 100, exposure time of 34 minutes, and aperture of f/11.0

Post-processing ...
Finder - Removed the CF card from the camera digital back and placed it in a Lexar 25-in-1 USB card reader. Then used Finder on my MacBook Air to download the raw image file (3FR extension) from the card.
Lightroom - Imported the 3FR image.
Lightroom - Used the Map module to add the location details to the EXIF header.
Lightroom - Applied various basic lighting and color adjustments in the Develop module. The general processing objectives / strategy was as follows ...
- Adjust the geometry.
- Adjust the White Balance.
- Increase the definition of features.
- Prevent the whites from becoming overexposed.
Lightroom - Specifically ...
- Manual Lens Corrections - Vertical to -12, Rotate to 0.6, Constrain Crop.
- White Balance from Daylight (5500) to 3400. No change to the green-red tint.
- Spot removal to retouch around spots in the top right quadrant where the effects of dust on the camera sensor were present (Heal, Size 75, Feather 100, Opacity 100).
- Two rectangular graduated filters: one to increase the exposure across the top half of the image, and the second across the lower half to reduce the exposure.
- Decrease in exposure.
- Increase Shadows, decrease Whites.
- Clarity to 100. Dehaze elevated. Sharpening to 100
- Saturation to -24.
- Tone Curve adjustments - Strong sigmoid - Highlights and Lights decreased, Darks and Shadows increased.
Lightroom - Saved the Develop module settings as preset 20160809-011.
Lightroom - Output the image as a JPEG image using the "Maximum" quality option (7764 x 5819 pixels).
PhotoSync - Copied the JPEG file to my iPad Mini for any final processing, review, enjoyment, and posting to social media.

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Photo taken on 9 August 2016 (© MomentsForZen / Flickr)

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