This is a photo which I’ve wanted to capture from this location for some time now. I finally made it last Thursday.
9 exposures of 15 seconds each at F1.4. Samyang 24/1.4 in front of a D810. Processed in RawTherapee, Stacked in Sirirl and then edited in Gimp with G’MIC.
Technically I’m fairly happy with the shot. It’s reasonably sharp, and getting the timing right meant quite clear air.
The bit I’m still struggling with is getting the colors ‘right’. I want to bring out the color variation that there is in the stars, dust, nebulas and due to the airglow. My goal is obviously not to bring it out ‘as seen’ but at the same time I don’t want to add any information that wasn’t there in the picture. Oh one more thing, the result shouldn’t look like unicorn diarrhea either.
Here are a few more of the various iterations I went over:
One more bit I’ve been struggling with is the lack of adjustment layers in gimp. Some of these variations I just couldn’t recreate anymore. I guess Krita would be my main alternative there (well other than photoshop).
Anyways, feedback is very much appreciated. In what direction would you take the shot?