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The Scorpion by CapturingTheNight The Scorpion by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

"The Scorpion"

The central bulge of The Milky Way in the constellations of Sagittarius and Scorpius.

It's back! Here in Australia I am lucky enough to be able to photograph this section of the sky for about ten months each year. It begins to emerge in the east in late January, and it sets in the west just after dark in November. Tried a few things different here. I would love to know what you think of it.

5 image panorama.

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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
The stars are like the city lights of the night sky; they glow so brightly! You've done wonderful work! Clap 
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
My pleasure. :D (Big Grin) 
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KaikoSensei Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing *sniff sniff*
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D (Big Grin)
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:icon40-eridani:
40-Eridani Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist
I am a Scorpio and I wish it was possible to see this from the northern hemisphere. You're lucky indeed=) Nice photo!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D Depending on location you may just be able to see this constellation skimming the southern horizon in your Summer.
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:icon40-eridani:
40-Eridani Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome! And well, I live in a hilly region which is situated on the 69th parallel north, so even in summer I probably wouldn't be able to see this constellation. But maybe I would travel southwards:) (Smile) 
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Zahik Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What gear did you use to capture this image?
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Read this blog [link]
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
is it possible to only add the effect to Scorpio? leaving all other stars unaffected? and how would that look?
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The effect is actually all done mainly "in camera", so no, it is not possible with this set of data.
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
here on DA I LOVE the emphasized, yet romantically hazy scorpio and its orange antares in the small view. whereas in the zoomed view, I don't like it at all.

the effects you chose in postprocessing make this a grrrrreat motif for a postcard (size print), I assume?
any bigger and the hazyness would feel too unnatural?

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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the great feedback and honest critique Silv :D
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LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Incredible shot, Greg! Especially intrigued by how effectively the dead tree works as a foreground object. Very well done. :)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the great feedback LeeAnne :D Means a lot from you.
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:iconcorvidae65:
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Cool! I like a lot of this image, Greg. Not quite sure of the slight blur but its not too off-putting. I did read in another comment that the blur is caused by a certain filter that makes some of the stars blue. Still has nice detail in the Milky Way--better detail than I can get, anyway :D
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D The filter doesn't really turn the stars blue, it actually just accentuates the stars natural colours and makes them stand out more.
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carloantonio25 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Speachless!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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theninja42 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Photographer
Wonderful image as always Greg, but I think the stars are just that little bit overpowering and they sort of draw your attention just a bit more than they should. Other than that i think that this is an extremely well composed image.

Cheers,
Nathan
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the great feedback and honest critique Nathan :D You are probably right about those stars. Might have pushed it a bit too far but wanted to highlight the asterisms. Cheers mate.
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:icontheninja42:
theninja42 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Photographer
That's alright mate.
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:iconbhalstead:
bhalstead Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Photographer
As always, your use of foreground objects in the scene is masterful. Great image!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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:iconsongofabanshee:
songofabanshee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Beautiful as always!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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Moohoodles Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo, as always!
But just a few things, that I'm a bit uncertain of... the blue stars seem abnormally bright, and everything else almost seems to have a slight blur or fog over it. Not sure if those are some of the things you tried, but yeah. It's different, but it's still a wonderful capture! :)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
woops. meant to write a longer response....... Thank you very much for the honest critique. I did want to try and highlight the asterisms thus making them brighter. The slight blur is as a result of the filter used to do that highlighting.
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:iconmoohoodles:
Moohoodles Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe, it's fine. Of course! :) And ahh, okay, that's interesting! Nonetheless, it's an awesome photo.
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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:iconilmadur:
Ilmadur Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
So... sparkly... Love it~ :heart:
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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:iconilmadur:
Ilmadur Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Welcomes. :aww:
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Amazing as always!! :D
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
You are most welcome!
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Stunning capture, just beautiful :)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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:icontrichardsen:
Trichardsen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
you are certainly welcome. :)
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indrekvaldek Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Very beautiful as usually your pictures are.
:)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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