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Celestial Maelstrom by alexandre-deschaumes

Celestial Maelstrom has it. This well executed fisheye shot sucks you in and plays tricks on your mind, before telling you that the wor...




Can 2014-2 by Laanscapes
Can 2014-2
Full album with 5 bizarre looking, 6 month long exposures(!) is here

Can 2.

This is a solargraph, an unconventional picture that has been recorded with a pinhole camera made from an emptied beer can, lined with a piece of photographic paper. Fixed to a single spot for the entire exposure, the simple camera continuously records the Sun's path each day as a glowing trail, while dark gaps in the daily arcs are caused by cloud cover. In June, the Sun trails begin higher at the northern hemisphere's summer solstice. The trails sink lower in the sky as December's winter solstice approaches. Solargraphs are burned-in etches of the sun in a piece of photographic paper. The bright yellow and magenta arcs are the paths of how the sun seemingly (it's actually the Earth that rotates) travels along the sky. Clouds are responsible for where these streaks are partially blocked out and the blue colour is due to half a year of exposure to the bright sky. Everything else is caused by condensation, leakage, sand, heat and dust. Some nice textures right here!
Celestial Tapestry by Laanscapes
Celestial Tapestry
Summer Milky Way over Vosges, Northern France.

The glow from the bottom left is Strassbourg's light pollution. A question I often answer is: "Do you see this with your own eyes?" Well, try to think of a digital camera as a small telescope. With its large aperture and immense light amplification, we could only dream of seeing this with our naked eyes. I'm not even mentioning the lengthy shutter speed. But even with a good camera body and a stellar (pardon the pun) lens, these images would not work without a good amount of post-processing. This all begins with correcting the RAW image. I can't underline this enough: Each and every digital photograph should be captured in RAW format - likewise, it should be RAW converted. Not doing so would be akin to scanning a negative and throwing it on the web. Nightscape photography (which effectively combines astrophotography and landscape photography) has a little more to it than that. An picture taken at an ISO well over 1600 should be handled with care. Noise reduction during RAW conversion separates the noise from the signal and helps you extract detail from an image without putting too much noise in there. Also, foreground and background should be processed differently at first, but merged halfway during the process in order to get a consistent white balance. So, to wrap up this introduction to an otherwise detailed e-book I'm starting to write here, a night sky this colourful can only be seen from space. (Even pictures photographed by Hubble are 'Photoshopped', you know!) 

'Celestial Tapestry' was captured facing south on the Schneeberg, Vosges, France.  With the D600 at 14mm. 30s | f/2.8 | ISO5000
Temporal Rift by Laanscapes
Temporal Rift
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Come look me up! I'm more active in the above links. :)

This is the controversial result of an idea I carried with me for some time now; to capture a timelapse video in one photograph. The picture you see here could be played back as a short video wherein the setting sun cast magenta and copper hues upon the fleeting clouds, but instead, I opened the 156 frames as a stack in Photoshop. I then selected 'lighten' as the blend mode for all but one of them and brushed the bush back in to create a static looking element to the scene. Of course it's controversial in the sense that these works tend to raise discussion about what photography really is.

'Temporal Rift' was captured in "de Grafelijkheidsduinen" in de Den Helder, the Netherlands with the D600 at 14mm. 

1/6s | f/16 | ISO100
Sacred Forest Meadow by Laanscapes
Sacred Forest Meadow
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'Sacred Forest Meadow' was captured using a technique known as "intentional camera movement (ICM for short)" near Loenen, de Veluwe, the Netherlands with the D600 at 35mm. 

0,4s | f/16 | ISO50
Occluded Eclipse by Laanscapes
Occluded Eclipse
Although viewing the 2015 solar eclipse (technically a star) from the Netherlands was challenging, the clouds surrounding the sun and moon did  add to the mysterioius and ominous feel of this spectacular and rare celestial event. I'm extremely grateful to have witnessed this.

For this piece, I've set up the D600 on a tripod and let it capture the passing of the eclipse along the trees on set intervals. It's actually a timelapse in one picture. After the eclipse, I've shot 'some' more pictures in multiple exposures of the environment to capture more detail.

In post-processing, I've then stitched and blended all the shots in Autopano Giga. After which, I've hand-blended the sun through the clouds using the exposures in which the sun punched through the thick blanket of clouds to give the sensation of time passing.

Fun fact: the export from Autopano was about 50GB in size and it took that amazing program 7 hours to export it...

'Occluded Eclipse' was captured using 360 exposures from 't Wed, Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, the Netherlands during the 2015 total solar eclipse with the D600 at 35mm.

1/800s | f/14 | ISO100


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Ornacis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  New Deviant
Amazing photgraphy, you've a beautiful gallery.
Laanscapes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much! Lot of old stuff there as well. :) Should clean it up some time. hehe
Ornacis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  New Deviant
Haha, I always think that myself, but it's a great selection you have, I wouldn't remove a thing! :D
Laanscapes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the kind words. :)
scketer Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Congratulations! Your photos are superb! Keep the good work :) (Smile) 
Laanscapes Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Will do! :) Check out my facebook as well, lots of new work on there, as it's much easier for me to post there.

scketer Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2015
I already like your page on Facebook and I do appreciate a lot all the works you post there :D (Big Grin) 
Laanscapes Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Photographer
Hey thanks! That means a lot, scketer!


Laanscapes Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you. Will do, although I haven't found the time to submit to all of the groups yet.

DA is kind of tedious to spread work, isn't it. There really should be a faster way to submit work to multiple groups at once, I recon.

Thanks for the heads-up! Will prioritise. :)
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