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The Dark Rift by Laanscapes The Dark Rift by Laanscapes
..:: 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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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-10-18
Suggester said; "Serene and beautiful. I've seen a lot of shots like this one, and it just really sticks out to me. I think it might be all the extra activity within the stars that they have captured."

The Dark Rift by ~SurrealExposure ( Suggested by rainylake and Featured by Anoya )
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The lighthouse gave the tree an eery effect.
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Laanscapes Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks, it gave the tree a more correct exposure as well. Good lighthouse. :)

But yeah, I recon this has to do with the oblique angle of the light source. It's like a strong sunset (given the 30 seconds exposure time and multiple passes of the lighthouse's beam.)


Daniel
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
"Lighthouse as artificial sunset" That can work!
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Laanscapes Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Photographer
You should check out "Ever Watchful": laanscapes.deviantart.com/art/…

It's an artificial sunset in its own right. Exposed during the fogging up of the lens and by using a lighthouse on an island north from "The Dark Rift", it is truly a weird image. Reminded me of Sauron's Eye.

Cheers,
Daniel
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting image indeed.
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Laanscapes Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much!
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014   Photographer
Fabulous work - so beautiful!
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:iconlaanscapes:
Laanscapes Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much! :)
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A fine shot of the Great River :clap:
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Laanscapes Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Photographer
Appreciate it, thanks!
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
T'is a pleasure, Squire :ahoy:
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013   General Artist
fantastic exposure :nod:
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Photographer
Merry Christmas Heart
I featured your work in my journal here: lunafeles.deviantart.com/
have a nice time :)
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Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi :wave:

This deviation has been voted submission of the week by the members of :iconbeautiful-wilderness:  and has been featured HERE  :woohoo:

Your gallery is beautiful :D
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent. :winner:
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Anoya Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013   Photographer
I've featured your work here: APN Daily Deviations - October! Heart
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Hi Daniel - Congratulations - this image is one chosen for the Best Exposure Technique Image of October 2013 at :iconinfrared-club:. Feature ==> okavanga.deviantart.com/journa….



I'm sure you will be rushing to VOTE and comment.

Cheers

David
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SianaLee Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Photographer
amazing ^^
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BaneEden Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful :D
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Laanscapes Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you all so much for the kind words! Through your continued support, I'm eager to go out there again and shoot some more of these. Thanks again!
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TonyaCruiser Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So very surreal, and tranquil, it's great!
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U-T-H-Y Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
AMAZING!
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013   General Artist
I wish I could see stars like that :heart:
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Karinta Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student General Artist
WOW! I love the near-blurriness of the tree and stars - it's like there's smoke in front of the lens, diffusing the light a bit.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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Lt-Colonel-Sharpy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This....this is magnificent! 
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NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks wonderful! :D
Congrats on the DD! :meow:
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lovelykrazyone Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
This picture really caught my attention, it's so lovely and peaceful. :)
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tempestjake Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
it's a great shot. you can catch some great stuff with long exposures
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hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
so that i understand right: all that is to be seen on that pic, is actually there and can be seen with the naked eye?
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walkthecreativepath Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
WOOOW!
Congratulation to the well deserved DD! Sun :happybounce:
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tickmarks Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
cool. ur gud at arts
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nach-after Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
it is now everywhere taking forms beyond imagination
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CMOArcher Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013

Het gebeurt niet elke dag dat je een landgenoot in de DD voorbij ziet schuiven ^_^

 

Van harte gefeliciteerd met je meer dan terechte vermelding!

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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work
Congrats for DD

:ahoy:
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
What timing to grab that time of day turning into night as well as that little "shooting star" in there! Wonderful shot.
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montygm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Beautiful shot and awesome detail. Great post processing work also. Love the composition and colours.
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4MoonGlade4 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's beautiful...congratulations...
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sfahmad2kf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful :)
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
:onfire: ... what a shot, excellent!!!
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RedNosE2 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!!
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RoboGopher Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It is beautiful
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preethi9691 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so Beautiful :heart: :love:
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black-magic-resides Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Writer
its really beautiful. I love it.
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Giabicone Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous night shoot with so clear sky
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urbied Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
fascinating.  Thanks for adding exposure information.
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pianopainter00 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow O.o looks so beautiful! Love it <3
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CandyDeathMachine Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For a minute I actually thought this was a digital painting! This photo is amazing! Great job! :squee:
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Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
:iconcongratsddplz:
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