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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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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 )
EarthHart Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
A fine shot of the Great River :clap:
danUK86 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013   General Artist
fantastic exposure :nod:
LunaFeles Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Photographer
Merry Christmas Heart
I featured your work in my journal here:
have a nice time :)
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
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent. :winner:
Anoya Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013   Photographer
I've featured your work here: APN Daily Deviations - October! Heart
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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 ==>….

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


SianaLee Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Photographer
amazing ^^
BaneEden Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful :D
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