Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
April 25
Image Size
697 KB


4,094 (1 today)
590 (who?)
Spread Your Wings by CapturingTheNight Spread Your Wings by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs.   You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

I had to get out under the stars at least once during International Dark Sky Week. I headed back to the pine forest that was completely burnt out by a bushfire a few months ago. It is quite eerie walking amongst all the bare trees.

19 image all sky panorama. Canon 5D MkII, 14mm, F/2.8, ISO 3200, 19 x 30 seconds.
It was only after I stitched the images together that I noticed the bird like pattern made by the trees against the sky.

The area on fire a few months ago
Bad Moon On The Rise by CapturingTheNight

My Website
Add a Comment:
JanuarysDaughter Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014   General Artist
Words escape me... 
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
MrWab Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Do you sell this as a print?
MrWab Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Amazing! This shot blows my mind every time I look at it! But I don't get how it's done? Buy the time you've taken the last photo must have moved a lot by then?
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D Yes the sky has moved a bit from the first to the last photo and in this case it would have been about 10 minutes between the first and last photos, but my panorama stitching software does a great job off interpreting each photo and warping the photo to match it's neighbors if needed.  Even so you can end up with a visible stitching error sometimes, which is why when I do these particular shots I start and finish is a fairly featureless area of the scene so any errors are not through a focal point of the image.  I would never start and finish at the central bulge of the milky way for instance.
MrWab Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Cheers mate, not many things hold my attention as much as this picture! I am in awe! Do you do any or recommend any tutorials for landscape astrophotography?
shadyga Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Hello Greg.

I from Russia and love photography especially analog.
understand that many people ask you about you technique of making night photos and hope that you answer a few of my

Most of all i'm interested in how far from your city and from light you go? Is it important to be very far or you can make good shoot in city?

You use so high
photosensitivity. Is it normal? Do you have problems with noise?

Do you combine in your photos day and night shoots?

19 x 30 = 570 seconds. Why you use 19 photos but not 1 photo with 570 seconds exposure? Why 30 seconds is an optimum time?
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Alexander,
Apologies for the late reply.  Been very busy with packing for a house move lately.  To answer your questions:
- The further you can get away from Light Pollution the more detail you will be able to see (and photograph) in the Milky Way.  I currently live about 60 kilometers from the nearest town.

- High ISO is normal for landscape astrophotography using a normal tripod as you need to "freeze" the motion of the stars.  Read my tutorial here on the 600 Rule:…
The 600 Rule will tell you what your maximum shutter speed can be so it is then down to fast apertures and high ISO's to get the right exposure.  Some cameras are better at handling high ISO's than others.  Full frame cameras are best.

-  You misunderstood my description:  this is a panorama or mosaic made from 19 images.  Each of those 19 images was of 30 seconds in length.  30 seconds is the shutter speed I use for that particular camera and lens combination (according to 600 or less rule).  I do not have a lens that would cover that same field of view in one image.  This is even wider than a so called "fish eye" lenses field of view.
shadyga Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Thank you so much for your answer.
I read your tutorial. It will help me =)

ps. Moon like a letter "C" is a FANTASTIC! :D
KristenSpork Featured By Owner May 6, 2014   General Artist
Gorgeous composition! ♥
Add a Comment: