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From Here to Andromeda by Laanscapes
From Here to Andromeda
Reprocessed to reveal the Aurora Borealis.

Around 2.5 million light-years from here, the Milky Way's big sister shines dimly in our night sky. There are some places on Earth where she's still visible to the naked eye.

The isle of Texel (the Netherlands), is such a place. In good conditions you'd be blown away by how much you can see. And this picture here wasn't even shot in good conditions...

Following the lighthouse lit sandy path in between the dunes in center of the composition sits Andromeda, seemingly still. With the combined light of about a trillion stars (that's one million times a million!), Andromeda's image pierces through the darkness of space as it appeared 2.5 million years ago.

One other mind-blowing fact is that our Milky Way is on a collision course with Andromeda. In 3.75 billion years, our galaxies are expected to form one gigantic galaxy, spanning hundreds of thousands of light-years across.

All right, post-processing: this image has been created using my nightscape preset pack. I'll tell you exactly how I've processed an image like this in DxO Optics Pro and Adobe Lightroom. The step-by-step guide is on my website for you to read. This tutorial is also available in the latest issue of Zoom.nl, the number one best-selling Dutch photography magazine.

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'From Here to Andromeda' was captured in "de Slufter" (on the Isle of Texel, Netherlands) with the D600 at 14mm.

The sky: f/2.8 | 25s | ISO6400
The foreground: f/7.1 | 903s | ISO800
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The Seat of the Mind by Laanscapes
The Seat of the Mind
Hope you like this one!

"Last night, I walked among mushrooms that loomed overhead like trees. When insects as massive as small aeroplanes landed on top of them, I realized I'm still inside a dream..."

'The Seat of the Mind' was captured somewhere in a forest with the D600 at 105mm.

0,4s | f/9 | ISO100

More of these creatures are in my Oddworld gallery.

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Fragile Dreams by Laanscapes
Fragile Dreams
Hope you like this one, it's called 'Fragile Dreams'.

"Shortly after I took shelter underneath these monstrous mushrooms, I started to realize that I'm still inside this dream, which continues"

'Fragile Dreams' was captured in a tiny fantasy world in the undergrowth of "Chaamse Bossen", Chaam, the Netherlands with the D600 at 105mm.

Focus stacked, LED additional lighting, covered with transparent purple plastic - 1/10s | f/6.3 | ISO100
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Under the Weeping Moon by Laanscapes
Under the Weeping Moon
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More of my nightly escapades are in my nightscapes gallery.

"Under the weeping moon" - Total lunar eclipse sequence over the 'Schoorlse Duinen', the Netherlands.

It's was an overwhelming experience. Should you have missed it, here's an image that tells the story through my eyes.

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Riding the fires of the northern gold
I've searched the eye
I laugh under the weeping moon
...I am the watcher in the skies...
\\\ - Opeth

The night wasn't entirely clear, but all the better. Whispy clouds, The ominous silence during totality and a bizarre amount of light pollution all culminated in this timelapse of the lunar eclipse of September 28th, 2015.

As often is the case, songs repeat themselves in my head as I capture this in the field. At a total capture time of four hours, every song that gets repeated that long woll have lost its catchiness! :)
 
'Under the Weeping Moon' was captured in 'de Schoorlse Duinen', the Netherlands, with the D600 at 24mm.

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34 shots at various settings along the path of the moon to properly expose the lunar surface in both the shadow and highlights.

3 shots for the night sky, shot at the height of totality for 15s at f/3.5 and ISO3200

2 shots for the foreground - one just before dawn (30s | f/8 | ISO160), one before the eclipse (30s | f/5.6 | ISO1250).

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Where the Lost Souls Hide by Laanscapes
Where the Lost Souls Hide
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More of these are in my nightscapes gallery.

Autumnal Milky Way over 'Schoorlse Duinen', Netherlands. The glow from the left is Alkmaar's light pollution.

The light on the hill in the background was created by placing a dim headlamp behind the dune on the left. Combined with the light pollution, it created an ethereal presence. That made me come up with a title for the image. I really think that working titles for photography help to waymark the shoot and post-processing.
 
Speaking of post-processing, I'll tell you exactly how I've processed this in DxO Optics Pro and Adobe Lightroom. The step-by-step guide will be on my website in a couple of days. This raw-tutorial will also be printed in Zoom.nl, the number one best-selling Dutch photography magazine.

'Where the Lost Souls Hide' was captured in 'de Schoorlse Duinen', the Netherlands, with the D600 at 14mm.

25s | f/2.8 | ISO5000

Another one, taken on the same night is here.
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AsiaOneMoon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Your pictures are so beautiful. I think it's a great thing to share the beauty with the world. People should spend more time on wonders and magic of life, and a small part of that people like you show through such photos.
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Laanscapes Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the kind words, AsiaOneMoon! That makes me glow like the light pollution! :D
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AsiaOneMoon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the best compliment responces I heard. xD
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JBTphoto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful pictures you got there.. your way to capture landscapes and sunsets is simply amazing! Your gallery really reminds me how beautiful our world is.. I can't wait to see more!
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Laanscapes Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
Cheers! I appreciate that! My 500px page is updated more regularly. There's work there that's not even on DA.
DA is very cumbersome to be able to reach a larger audience...

Thanks again!

Daniel.
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Ornacis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Amazing photgraphy, you've a beautiful gallery.
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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
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Ornacis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
Haha, I always think that myself, but it's a great selection you have, I wouldn't remove a thing! :D
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Laanscapes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the kind words. :)
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scketer Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Congratulations! Your photos are superb! Keep the good work :) (Smile) 
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