..:: The Dark Rift ::..
You might have seen this tree a couple of times before, but never before have I managed to extract so much detail from the night sky.
In the background on the horizon there's a good deal of light pollution coming from the outskirts of the town of Den Helder in the northwestern Netherlands, although it isn't that visible to the naked eye. Nor is the Milky Way for that matter. When you have a good idea of where our galaxy rises out of the horizon, there's something to work on your composition with. I used 'short' 15 second exposures to pinpoint the exact location of where I wanted the tree and the Milky Way in the picture.
The foreground is actually lightpainted by a large lighthouse behind me. While that diminished the contrast in the sky a little, the foreground went from a dark silhouette to a fairly detailed subject in spite of the gale force winds that haunted the plains.
This image isn't stacked in DeepSkyStacker, but is instead raw converted in DxO Optics Pro 8. The premier noise reduction capabillities within this piece of software are, if you pardon the pun, stellar.
The Dark Rift was captured with the D7100 at 14mm.
f2.8, 25s, ISO6400.
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