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Hello all, :wave:

Finally have a little bit of time to catch up on all things DA.  It was a great surprise to receive my 6th Daily Deviation a couple of weeks ago for my image "Before The Storm"
Before The Storm by CapturingTheNight

I once again must give a huge :hug: and a big THANK YOU to the legendary Nancy :iconanoya: for featuring the image and an equally big thanks to :icongenerazart: for suggesting it.



On a sour note, I am so disappointed in how DA displayed my last image "Burning The Midnight Oil" that I am thinking about leaving here for good.  For someone who almost shoots exclusively night time images where subtle shadow detail is important for the overall feel of the image, the continued use of the horrible bright DA green to display our art on, which does absolutely nothing to display a piece in it's best light, is disgusting.  I have a properly calibrated computer monitor and I recalibrate it every week so I know exactly what I want to show the public in my photos but for some reason my last upload has been considerably darkened and it is not helped by that horrible background.  It looks heaps better on Facebook, and that is saying something.  Also the constant, pointless, site updates and "ads" to a long time fully paid up member is beyond a joke.  So please DA, lift your game soon and show some respect to your members and display their work in the best light possible, or I for one will be following countless photographers before me and leaving for good.  

Greg


5th Daily Deviation and Interviews

Thu Mar 6, 2014, 6:01 PM
Hello all :wave:

After basically pulling an all nighter last night taking images and conducting a night sky photography workshop, I woke up at lunchtime today to discover a very pleasant surprise.  I have been awarded my 5th Daily Deviation for my image "Taste The Rainbow"

Taste The Rainbow by CapturingTheNight

Huge thanks must go to :iconlaurelin-cosplay: for suggesting the image and the legendary Nancy :iconanoya: for featuring it as a DD

It is quite surprising to me how much this image has been accepted by the public, both on here and elsewhere on the net.  For a long time I hesitated to even upload it as I thought it was just another standard "Milkyway Bow" image that are a bit overdone these days (But I guess you can say that about a lot of photography).  I came across it again recently after it had been sitting on my computer for over half a year and I decided to finally upload it.

Thank you so much to everyone for all the comments, watches and likes.  I'll hopefully get around to answering all the comments soon.

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I have been involved in a few interviews lately.  At the start of the year I was filmed for a documentary on astrophotography in Australia.  The filmmakers interviewed about 15 fellow astrophotographers over a few days and are currently sifting through the mountain of footage they collected to produce the final film.  I'll let you know when it launches.

Plans are also under way with a local reporter who wants to film me out under the stars for a feature on me and my work.  We have had to cancel and reschedule the filming a couple of times due to extreme fire danger periods, but now that things have cooled down here in Australia that project will hopefully happen soon.

:iconirphotogirl: the founder of the new group :iconstellar-landscapers: recently asked if she could interview me for the group.  If you are into night sky scapes (and lets face it, if you follow my work, you probably are) then I can highly recommend checking out the group.  It is only small at the moment but I hope to see it grow exponentially soon.  You can read the interview here:

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Finally, whilst I have you.  The Light Inspired Group :iconlightinspired: through its sister group :iconphoto-contest: is currently holding another Nature Photo Contest.  I will once again be on the judging panel and there are some amazing software packages up for grabs as prizes.  You have to be in it to win it.
Details here:
Photo Contest 2014
Updated 31.05.2014:
We have changed the rules and select for future four polls -> 6 images per Category (6 x 4 = 24) because we have a lot of "equivalent" hi-q images..!!!
Nature provides us with a never-ending supply of inspiration for photography. Technical quality, clarity and composition are all important, but so too is a flair for the ability to capture a picture-perfect moment when an interesting or unusual lighting opportunity presents itself. Light creates shadow and shadow in return, enhances the appearance of a subject. The interaction of the two is fascinating. Light can make a subject feisty or dull while shadows can make it mysterious or terrifying. The position and strength of the lights and shadows always set the general mood of an image and showcases the creativity of a photographer in capturing their vision of the nature that surrounds us all.
For the past 4 years, our LightInspire


Cheers

Greg

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Hello All,

Happy New Year Everyone.  I have put together a blog post showcasing what I consider to be my top ten images from the past year.  I would love to know which one was your favorite: www.capturingthenight.com/auro…

Wishing you all a safe and star filled 2014.

Cascade II by CapturingTheNight Fly Me To The Moons by CapturingTheNight Harvest Sky by CapturingTheNight



Also, Whilst I have you.  The Light Inspired Group :iconlightinspired: through its sister group :iconphoto-contest: is holding another Nature Photo Contest which starts in a couple of weeks time.  I will once again be on the judging panel and there are some amazing software packages up for grabs as prizes.  You have to be in it to win it.
Details here: photo-contest.deviantart.com/j…

Cheers

Greg

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My website:  Capturing The Night  www.capturingthenight.com/

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Hello all :wave:

I am a bit late in getting this news to you all:  I am pleased to announce that my image "Lookout" took out the Wide Field image category at Australia's most prestigious astrophotography competition The David Malin Awards earlier this month.  My image "Beam Me Up" was also awarded an Honorable Mention in the themed category People and Sky.  I had a great time meeting many fellow astrophotographers at the award ceremony.  You can read about and view all the winning images here if you wish: www.parkes.atnf.csiro.au/news_…
Lookout by CapturingTheNight Beam Me Up by CapturingTheNight



Some of you may remember that last year I got the cover image of the Ice-In-Space calender, well I am also pleased to announce that this year whilst I did not win the cover image again, I did manage to get two of my images as "Months" in the calender.  You can view the other images here if you wish: www.iceinspace.com.au/index.ph…
Fly Me To The Moons by CapturingTheNight Room With A View by CapturingTheNight



I went to the opening of an exhibition that features about 14 of my images a week ago.  It was organised by the astronomy society I am a member of and the local council.  There are about 50 images in total and a few displays of things like telescopes and meteorites.  I had no part in getting the images printed, but I must say they all look fantastic printed so big.  So if you are local to my area or traveling through I can highly recommend checking out the "From Earth To The Cosmos" exhibition at the Albury Library and Museum.

So apart from exhibition openings and award ceremonies, I have also been doing a lot of talks about my photography to local groups lately.  Add in my normal day job and there has been little time to do much else.  Somewhat thankfully the weather has not been great for night photography.  I am so behind in responding to comments and thanking for watching me on this site at the moment.  My apologies if you are waiting for an answer.  August is looking much more user friendly for me, so I will hopefully catch up then.


Lastly before you go.  The photo contest that I am part of the judging panel for closes at the end of July.  We have some amazing software packages to give away to the various winners.  You have to be in it to win it. 
Details here: :thumb366045421:

Cheers

Greg

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My website:  Capturing The Night  www.capturingthenight.com/

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4th DD!, Holidays, and Photo Contest

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:47 AM
Hello all :wave:

Received a very nice surprise today when I logged in.  I have picked up my 4th DD for my image "Harvest Sky"
A huge thank you so much to :iconmiguel-santos: for suggesting it and :iconkaz-d: for featuring it. 
Harvest Sky by CapturingTheNight

You would have seen from most of my recent uploads that I have been on holidays in Tasmania again.  I spent three weeks there this time and loved every minute of it.  The weather was as good as I could have expected for this time of year down there, so I managed to get quite a few clear nights to do some night photography.  The main purpose of the trip was to hopefully photograph a few Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) displays.  I managed to get one night with aurora.  As is often the case, just three days after I left there they had the best aurora display of the year so far.
There were a couple of locations that I was keen to shoot this time around but I didn't get good weather whilst I was at them.  Just gives me an excuse to go back again. I have well and truly fallen in love with Tasmania and can certainly see myself living down there one day.

Tranquility by CapturingTheNight Bay Of Fires by CapturingTheNight Fireworks by CapturingTheNight
Moonlight Sonata by CapturingTheNight Tasmania's Other Shed by CapturingTheNight

Just noticed that I have ticked over the 2000 watchers mark here on DA.  A very big THANK YOU so much to you all for your support of my work.  I really appreciate it.  I make a point of visiting the pages of everyone who watches me here on DA to leave a personal thank you message (and if I like what I see I might throw some favs your way or even watch you back) but I am currently nearly 300 watchers behind in that process.  So if I have not popped past your page yet, please know that I WILL one day.  I just seem to be so busy these days.  It's a good thing, but it does mean that I don't spend as much time as I used to on this site (or the internet as a whole for that matter- which is also a good thing I guess ;-) ).

Lastly before you go.  The photo contest that I am part of the judging panel for has had its deadline extended until the end of July.  We have some amazing software packages to give away to the various winners.  You have to be in it to win it. 
Details here: :thumb366045421:

Cheers

Greg

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Hello all :wave:

:bulletblue: I hope everyone is well.  I once again apologise for my decrease in activity here lately.  A lot of my limited spare time has been used getting my website fully up and running.   It has taken a while, but I am pleased to announce that I am now offering prints of my work. Please check out my website for all the details www.capturingthenight.com  www.capturingthenight.com/

Now that that is up and running, I should have a lot more time on my hands to take more photos for you all and respond to any comments in a more timely manner..........hopefully :D



Lookout by CapturingTheNight Fly Me To The Moons by CapturingTheNight Harvest Sky by CapturingTheNight Room With A View by CapturingTheNight Midnight Rainbow by CapturingTheNight Beam Me Up by CapturingTheNight



:bulletblue: You should have noticed by now that I have changed my user name here once again.  I did this to bring my DA profile in sync with my website.  I apologise for any confusion.


:bulletblue: I plan to do a bit of house cleaning in my gallery here shortly.  I have always had an idea that I should have no more than 200 'deviations' on here, and there are a number of images that I have fallen out of love with and am not proud of anymore.  


:bulletblue: Whilst I have you......... LightInspired :iconlightinspired: is holding a very cool photo contest with some AMAZING prizes up for grabs.  I am part of the judging panel and I hope to see works from all of you there.  Details can be found in this journal here:
:thumb366045421:
You have to be in it to win it.



Cheers

Greg

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Hi all, :wave:

Just a quick bit of news.  It was a pleasure and an honor to take part in a live Google+ Hangout today with 7 of the very best landscape astrophotographers in the world.  So if you are after some inspiration or want to learn a few tips and tricks behind some of the greatest night scape images (or you just want to see my ugly mug ;-) ), then the whole thing can be viewed at the following link: (At an hour and 18 minutes it's a long one though)

youtu.be/OD7fY37bT3o

Cheers

Greg

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APOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 10:57 PM
:faint: :jawdrop: :squee: :dance: :faint: :jawdrop: :squee: :dance: :faint: :jawdrop: :squee: :dance:

OMG!

Hi all, :wave:

Sorry for being a bit lax in not updating this journal in a few months.  Been very busy with work and getting prints up and running on my website.  Prints should be available for purchase this week.  Stay tuned.

Anyway.......Just a quick update to let you all know that it is with great pleasure I can say that my image "Fly Me To The Moons" is todays Astronomy Picture Of The Day!!!!!!!!!

Fly Me To The Moons by CapturingTheNight

Woohoo! :D

To score an APOD has been a massive goal of mine ever since I turned a camera towards the night sky.  Today is a GOOD day.

APOD article here: apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130225.ht…

Cheers

Greg

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And The Winners Are......

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 3:37 AM
Hi all :wave:

After three days of agonising decision making by a few impartial friends and myself, I can finally reveal which entries to my Long Exposure Competition have won the prizes.  

Before I do though, I really need to say a huge THANK YOU to all those who took the time to submit.  Over the coming weeks I will be sending a note to each and every one of you with detailed feedback on exactly what I thought about your submitted photo(s).  I had a number of criteria that I was looking for whilst going through the entries.  These were:

Creativity - I wanted to see something that I don't see everyday.
Execution and Composition - Was the image well planned and carried out
Impact/First impression - Did it make me go "Now THAT, is cool"
Theme - The theme of the competition was Long Exposure.  Was a long exposure merely necessary to get the shot, or did the artist go that bit extra and really embrace the theme.

It was not an easy decision at all to arrive at the winners.  I was very impressed with all the entries and I wish I could give all the artists a prize.  But I can't.  So...........

The winner of first place and a 12 month premium membership and an unframed 12x18 inch print of my image "The Sentinel" is :iconaztil: with the image "Last Vestiges of Hope"
Last Vestiges of Hope by Aztil
I kept on coming back to this image again and again, and it above all the rest, fulfilled the criteria I was looking for the best.  Congratulations to Aztil.


The two runners up and the winners of a three month premium membership each are :iconmatiassieppi: and :iconmarshalllipp: with their entries:
:thumb336691725: Clouds and Stars by MarshallLipp
Congratulations to you both.


:iconmarshalllipp: was also the winner of the Leasha's Choice Award with his image "Clouds and Stars" and receives an additional three months premium membership
Clouds and Stars by MarshallLipp

:iconleashahooker: was kind enough to donate a three month membership as a prize.  So a big THANK YOU goes to Leasha for that.



Also up for grabs was an "Encouragement Award."  This would go to the image that I thought would benefit the most from having a bit of my knowledge imparted on it.  This was always going to go to an astrophotography photo, because, well, lets face it, that's what I do and love.  And the winner is...........
:icongrantfmx: with his image "Galaxies in the backyard"
Galaxies in the back yard by GrantFMX

Grant and I will be corresponding soon and I will be imparting my knowledge of night sky photography and processing on him.







Like I said:  It was a really tough choice and I wish I could have given everyone a prize.  But I had to choose and the judges decision is final.  Please do check out the work of all the artists who submitted and throw some love their way.  All the entries......

Ready for Lift-Off by LydiaRhianne Forgotten Beauty by marinsuslic Sao Chaliang by Saltychocolate101 Charcoal by Saltychocolate101 dusk over Mount Cook by silverfernn Dusk over Lake Matheson by silverfernn Water Snake by AloriaTheZombie Weihnachtsbaum by Scorpidilion :thumb337765738: :thumb336827678: Gloom by KingStephenArthur Farewell by KingStephenArthur :thumb340294088: Scott's Beach Twilight by GregArps Woven Ball of Light by Kormai Windy by Kormai The Speed Of Light by Anths95 Sugarloaf Rock II by Aztil :thumb339874036: False Night by akaRoger Acoustic Star Trails by Photosbykev Extraterrestrial by marinsuslic Under the Trolly Bridge by MarshallLipp Clouds and Stars by MarshallLipp Liquid Ice by AloriaTheZombie 9 In The Afternoon by torivarn A Better One by Corvidae65 The Sphere by michaelaforbus Our galaxy by Gautama-Siddharta Lough Gille Starry Night 2 by Creative--Dragon Silky Textures by Creative--Dragon Number 2 by Trichardsen :thumb336691725: :thumb336459333: Falling down by goldengirl11 :thumb334927744: Bancoora Beach by daniellepowell82 what is the hurry -- City Living!! by orcasandwolves :thumb333922856: :thumb333445950: Galaxies in the back yard by GrantFMX Pier at dusk by daniellepowell82 Rotation by simen91 No way, Milkyway by simen91 Rural Sprawl (Capturing the Night Comp) by orcasandwolves Last Vestiges of Hope by Aztil Clouds vs Auroras by torivarn A Forest of Stars by LeashaHooker Solar Radiation by Syndyne

I'll once again leave with a bit of shameless self promotion.....

My website:  Capturing The Night  www.capturingthenight.com/

Do you like taking shots of lightning or the night sky?  Please join :iconnatures-night-lights:

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Cheers

Greg

Entries are now closed

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:52 AM
Hi all :wave:

Entries have now closed for my "Long Exposure" competition.  Thank you very much to all those who submitted entries.  I will be going through them over the next few days and contacting and announcing/featuring the winners hopefully early next week.  

I also plan to give detailed feedback to all the entries.  

I think that I will host a competition every year on here.

I'll leave it at that for now.  

Cheers

Greg

Long Exp. Competition Final Week.

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 2:06 AM
Hi all :wave:

Only SEVEN days left to get your entries in for my Long Exposure Competition.  I have a good number of entries but would love to see more.  

So what are YOU waiting for?  Long exposures can be in any category and certainly don't need to be taken outside at night.  They can be as simple as turning the lights off in a room and letting yourself go wild with some lights or sparklers for example.  Go on.  Get to it.  Details of the comp are as follows.

:bulletyellow:   LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION   :bulletyellow:

Pretty simple really.  Open up those shutters, let your creativity flow and show me the results.  Competition is open to all my watchers and is for new images taken between the 5th of October and Midnight on the 30th of November (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time).  Entries can be in any DA photography category.  Please see below for all the rules and read them carefully before submitting your image.

What constitutes a long exposure?  For the purpose of this competition, I will define a long exposure as any exposure longer than one second.

THE PRIZES
The following three prizes will be awarded to images as selected by me.  I will be looking for things like technique, composition, creativity and images that best exemplify or make the best use of the theme "Long Exposure."
:bulletgreen: First Place:
- 12 Month Premium Membership to DA.
- An unframed 12inch by 18inch print of "The Sentinel"
The Sentinel by CapturingTheNight
- Featured by :iconsimen91: :icontalvienkeli: :iconmylifeinfocus:

:bulletgreen: Runner Up:
- 3 Month Premium Membership
- Featured by :iconsimen91: :icontalvienkeli: :iconmylifeinfocus:

:bulletgreen: Second Runner Up:
- 3 Month Premium Membership
- Featured by :iconsimen91: :icontalvienkeli: :iconmylifeinfocus:

:bulletpurple: Leasha's Choice:
Leasha Hooker :iconleashahooker: has very kindly offered to donate a 3 Month Premium Membership, so I will be getting Leasha to select  her favorite entry.  If Leasha selects an image which has also won one of the other prizes then her prize will simply be added to it.

:bulletpurple: Encouragement Award:
I will also be selecting one entry to receive a kind of photography mentor program.  I will correspond with you to help improve your photography and show you how I take and process my photos.

If anyone would like to feature the winning images in their own journals please let me know in a note or by commenting on this journal and I will add you to the prize list.

RULES
:bulletred: It must be your own work and a new image taken between the 5th of October and Midnight on the 30th of November (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) with the date either in the exif data or in the description.
:bulletred: Images must have an exposure time of at least 1 (one) second with exif data intact or shot settings detailed in the description.
:bulletred: NO nudity or other mature content.  Images must be able to be viewed by all ages.
:bulletred: You must be one of my watchers to enter.
:bulletred: Submissions are limited to 2 (two) per person.
:bulletred: No DA watermarks.
:bulletred: Entries will be judged from the 1st of December with the winner(s) notified and announced/featured shortly after.
:bulletred: Judges decision is final.

How to enter
:bulletblue: Take your long exposure shot(s).
:bulletblue: Upload to DA making sure that exif data is intact or that you have provided the shot settings and date taken in a description.
:bulletblue: Either send me a note or comment on this journal with a link to the picture(s).
:bulletblue: If it satisfies all the criteria, I will then collect the images in my "Long Exposure Competition" favorites folder.

So that is it.  I look forward to the entries.  Happy shooting and good luck.


I'll once again leave with a bit of shameless self promotion.....

My website:  Capturing The Night  www.capturingthenight.com/

Do you like taking shots of lightning or the night sky?  Please join :iconnatures-night-lights:

Do you like taking high quality portrait or nature photos?  Please join :iconnaughtybynaturephoto:

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Cheers

Greg

Competition Time!!!

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 8:55 PM
Hi all :wave:

I mentioned in my last journal that I was planning on holding another competition and I posted a poll on what topic you would ideally like.  Well, the majority have spoken.  So I am announcing a........

:bulletyellow:   LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION   :bulletyellow:

Pretty simple really.  Open up those shutters, let your creativity flow and show me the results.  Competition is open to all my watchers and is for new images taken between the 5th of October and Midnight on the 30th of November (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time).  Entries can be in any DA photography category.  Please see below for all the rules and read them carefully before submitting your image.

What constitutes a long exposure?  For the purpose of this competition, I will define a long exposure as any exposure longer than one second.

THE PRIZES
The following three prizes will be awarded to images as selected by me.  I will be looking for things like technique, composition, creativity and images that best exemplify or make the best use of the theme "Long Exposure."
:bulletgreen: First Place:
- 12 Month Premium Membership to DA.
- An unframed 12inch by 18inch print of "The Sentinel"
The Sentinel by CapturingTheNight
- Featured by :iconsimen91: :icontalvienkeli:

:bulletgreen: Runner Up:
- 3 Month Premium Membership
- Featured by :iconsimen91: :icontalvienkeli:

:bulletgreen: Second Runner Up:
- 3 Month Premium Membership
- Featured by :iconsimen91: :icontalvienkeli:

:bulletpurple: Leasha's Choice:
Leasha Hooker :iconleashahooker: has very kindly offered to donate a 3 Month Premium Membership, so I will be getting Leasha to select  her favorite entry.  If Leasha selects an image which has also won one of the other prizes then her prize will simply be added to it.

:bulletpurple: Encouragement Award:
I will also be selecting one entry to receive a kind of photography mentor program.  I will correspond with you to help improve your photography and show you how I take and process my photos.

If anyone would like to feature the winning images in their own journals please let me know in a note or by commenting on this journal and I will add you to the prize list.

RULES
:bulletred: It must be your own work and a new image taken between the 5th of October and Midnight on the 30th of November (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) with the date either in the exif data or in the description.
:bulletred: Images must have an exposure time of at least 1 (one) second with exif data intact or shot settings detailed in the description.
:bulletred: NO nudity or other mature content.  Images must be able to be viewed by all ages.
:bulletred: You must be one of my watchers to enter.
:bulletred: Submissions are limited to 2 (two) per person.
:bulletred: No DA watermarks.
:bulletred: Entries will be judged from the 1st of December with the winner(s) notified and announced/featured shortly after.
:bulletred: Judges decision is final.

How to enter
:bulletblue: Take your long exposure shot(s).
:bulletblue: Upload to DA making sure that exif data is intact or that you have provided the shot settings and date taken in a description.
:bulletblue: Either send me a note or comment on this journal with a link to the picture(s).
:bulletblue: If it satisfies all the criteria, I will then collect the images in my "Long Exposure Competition" favorites folder.

So that is it.  I look forward to the entries.  Happy shooting and good luck.
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Monthly artist feature.
Humayun :iconoctane2: is a fellow Australian and a brilliant photographer.  I just adore all his work.  His astrophotography is sublime and his landscape and portrait work is world class (IMHO).  Please do yourself a favor and check out his gallery.  Some of his great work.
The Twilight is My Robe by octane2 M42, M43 and NGC 1977 - Mk II by octane2 praeclarus lumen aeturnum by octane2 The Andromeda Galaxy - M31 by octane2 Rocky Pathways by octane2 The Rho Ophiuchus Complex by octane2

I'll once again leave with a bit of shameless self promotion.....

My website:  Capturing The Night  www.capturingthenight.com/

Do you like taking shots of lightning or the night sky?  Please join :iconnatures-night-lights:

Do you like taking high quality portrait or nature photos?  Please join :iconnaughtybynaturephoto:

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Cheers

Greg

Hello all :wave:

Not a great deal to report this month so I will try to keep this brief.  I am planning on holding another photography competition here on DA.  I did one about this time last year where I asked you to show me your star trail images and I gave out premium memberships to the winners.  I have not yet decided what the theme for this one will be.  I have a poll currently running with a few ideas.  Please vote here (greg-gibbs.deviantart.com/jour…) and feel free to suggest other alternatives.  I have a pretty cool idea as a prize but I will keep that secret until the competition is officially launched.

I am going to feature one artist this month.
Humayun :iconoctane2: is a fellow Australian and a brilliant photographer.  I just adore all his work.  His astrophotography is sublime and his landscape and portrait work is world class (IMHO).  Please do yourself a favor and check out his gallery.  Some of his great work.
The Twilight is My Robe by octane2 M42, M43 and NGC 1977 - Mk II by octane2 praeclarus lumen aeturnum by octane2 The Andromeda Galaxy - M31 by octane2 Rocky Pathways by octane2 The Rho Ophiuchus Complex by octane2

I'll once again leave with a bit of shameless self promotion.....

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Cheers

Greg

...and then my message feed exploded.

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 3:51 AM
Hello all,  :wave:

Just a quick journal to say WOW :wow: :jawdrop: and a big THANK YOU for all the support shown for my most recent image "The Sentinel"
The Sentinel by CapturingTheNight
I certainly didn't expect the thousands of feedback messages and 100 or so new watchers when I logged in.  After less than a day of being online it has become my 4th most popular image so far.  I promise that I will get around to responding to any and all comments as soon as possible.

Just so that my featured artist for this month has their appropriate time in the spotlight I will copy and past their feature below.....

Addam :iconnwunseen: is a very talented photographer from the Pacific North West of the United States of America.  Addam always finds time to respond to his fans and, I know I have said this before but, I really respect that in an artist.  His work is very inspirational to me and makes me want to get out and do more photography during the day.  A small sampling of Addams great work....
charmed by NWunseen silver silence by NWunseen arcane (color) by NWunseen snowfall by NWunseen bittersweet by NWunseen Gibson falls catching sunrays by NWunseen
Please do check out the rest of Addams work and throw some favs or watches his way.  I know he won't disappoint.


I'll once again leave with a bit of shameless self promotion.....

My website:  Capturing The Night  www.capturingthenight.com/

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Cheers

Greg

Hello all :wave:

That time of the month again.  Geez, is this year going quick or what?  September already.  That means Spring has arrived for me here in the southern hemisphere and that usually means Greg goes into storm mode.  Can't wait to get out and hopefully capture some good lightning action.

You should have seen that I just posted a tutorial on the basics of fixed tripod astrophotography and the 600 Rule.  This is as thanks to the over 1000 watchers I now have on this site.  I hope that you find it helpful.  You can find it here greg-gibbs.deviantart.com/art/… if you have not already seen it.

I went on a whirlwind holiday to the state of Tasmania midway through last month.  I was immediately smitten with the place and I am already planning a return trip, hopefully early next year.  The main purpose of the trip was to hopefully capture my first aurora display, but sadly the sun didn't cooperate with any meaningful solar storms.  The weather wasn't the best either with only one nightsky scape opportunity (stay tuned) but I had a great time regardless and I have a few more daytime captures to share over the coming days/weeks.  A couple of shots from Tasmania so far......
Sunken Pavement by CapturingTheNight Tasman Peninsula Rainbow by CapturingTheNight

I am going to feature one artist this month.  Addam :iconnwunseen: is a very talented photographer from the Pacific North West of the United States of America.  Addam always finds time to respond to his fans and, I know I have said this before but, I really respect that in an artist.  His work is very inspirational to me and makes me want to get out and do more photography during the day.  A small sampling of Addams great work....
charmed by NWunseen silver silence by NWunseen arcane (color) by NWunseen snowfall by NWunseen bittersweet by NWunseen Gibson falls catching sunrays by NWunseen
Please do check out the rest of Addams work and throw some favs or watches his way.  I know he won't disappoint.


I'll once again leave with a bit of shameless self promotion.....

My website:  Capturing The Night  www.capturingthenight.com/

Do you like taking shots of lightning or the night sky?  Please join :iconnatures-night-lights:

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Cheers

Greg

DD Number 3!!!!!!!!

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 2:51 AM
:wow: :jawdrop: :faint: :excited: :woohoo: :dance: :squee:

EEEK!

Hi all :wave:

It's kind of ironic that I am currently gathering data on an all sky astro panorama project (which will take me months to fully complete) and I come in for a break only to discover that another nightsky panorama project of mine has just been awarded a Daily Deviation :D  WooHoo!
The Hanging Gardens by CapturingTheNight

I am exceptionally proud of this image and I am truly appreciative that it has been recognised in this way.  A huge THANK YOU SO MUCH to :iconastralseed: for suggesting it and :icon3wyl: for featuring it.  As always I promise that I will respond to all comments in due time but I simply cannot thank everyone individually for any favs, so please consider this one big THANK YOU.  I'm not sure when I will actually have time to respond to comments though.  I am leaving on a photography holiday to Tasmania in two days time and I have literally 1000's of images to go through from the last two fantastic nights of astro weather conditions with another big night underway as I write this.  I am drowning in images already and that's without the ones I will be taking on my holidays.



So that this months featured artist gets the proper time in the spotlight I will copy and paste his feature here.........

Ingo Schobert :iconingoschobert: is a very talented photographer from the United States whose work I first came across from my role in the Naughty By Nature group.  The first time I saw one of Ingo's stunning Infrared images I knew I just had to watch him.  Ingo was the inspiration for trying some IR shots myself and while my astrophotography has been all consuming lately, I hope to do more very soon.  
A small selection of Ingo's great photography....
Dark Skies Ahead by IngoSchobert Seven Over Nine by IngoSchobert Fall at the Oneida Falls by IngoSchobert A Giant In Lilliput by IngoSchobert Twisted Beauty by IngoSchobert Solar Flare by IngoSchobert



I'll once again leave with a bit of shameless self promotion.....

My website:  Capturing The Night  www.capturingthenight.com/

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Cheers

Greg

Hello to all my wonderful watchers :wave:

I hope this journal finds you all well.  I'm nursing a cold/flu at the moment so it's a good thing this isn't an audio journal as I don't have much of a voice at the moment.

I am going on holidays in a week and a half to Tasmania.  Hopefully I can throw this cold/flu before then and capture some amazing scenery to show you all.  The main reason for holidaying there is to hopefully witness (and photograph) my first aurora display.  So I will have every conceivable body part crossed for some strong solar activity and clear skies during that time.  Wish me luck.

My website "Capturing The Night" is taking shape.  The front page is live now, with additions like the gallery, blog, and bio coming soon.  Check it out here www.capturingthenight.com/
I have also created a page on Facebook  for my photography www.facebook.com/CapturingTheN…
Please "like" and spread the word if Facebook is your thing.

Back in May I submitted a few of my images to an astronomy calendar competition and "Rising Tide" (below) was shortlisted for the public vote.   After the vote, not only did it win the "Landscape Astrophotography" section and thus get a month in the calendar, it was then selected as the cover image.  The calendars will go on sale shortly and I will post a link when they do if you are interested in purchasing one.  EDIT:  Calendars can now be purchased here shop.iceinspace.com.au/shop/as… if you wish.
Rising Tide by CapturingTheNight

I am going to feature one artist this month.  Ingo Schobert :iconingoschobert: is a very talented photographer from the United States whose work I first came across from my role in the Naughty By Nature group.  The first time I saw one of Ingo's stunning Infrared images I knew I just had to watch him.  Ingo was the inspiration for trying some IR shots myself and while my astrophotography has been all consuming lately, I hope to do more very soon.  
A small selection of Ingo's great photography....
Dark Skies Ahead by IngoSchobert Seven Over Nine by IngoSchobert Fall at the Oneida Falls by IngoSchobert A Giant In Lilliput by IngoSchobert Twisted Beauty by IngoSchobert Solar Flare by IngoSchobert



I'll once again leave with a bit of shameless self promotion.....

My website:  Capturing The Night  www.capturingthenight.com/

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Cheers

Greg

Hello all :wave:

June was a month of mixed emotions for me.  I planned and prepared for the Venus Transit for over eight months before the event.  I had a very hectic but enjoyable day sharing the historic event with family and friends and taking over 1500 shots in a six hour or so period.  Immediately afterwards I jumped on the computer to throw a couple of images together for a local paper (which they ran the next day).  Over the next two days I spent about eleven hours in total processing those 1500 odd images to produce a single image of the event.  Another quicker to edit one came a few days later.  While they are far from my most popular works, they are amongst the ones I am most proud of.
The Transit Of Venus by CapturingTheNight Third Contact by CapturingTheNight
But after all the dust settled so to speak, I went through a period of very low motivation.  I would be at home with perfect weather and I just could not be bothered picking up any of my cameras and taking shots.  I had really lost my spark.  Even the use of my Venus Transit Timelapse image on a T-shirt design for my local astronomy club failed to reignite my passion.  This continued until I received some great news a little while ago.  I have actually had to promise that I won't say what it is until it is officially announced in two weeks time, but it kick started my enthusiasm for taking photos again.  And boy am I glad it did, otherwise I never would have made the spur of moment decision to go for a moonlit walk over one of my neighbours hills last week.  I am so happy with the two images (so far) from that night.  I feel I took a massive step forward in my landscape astrophotography with them.  The pressure will certainly be on for my next photographic excursions to try and top those ones.
The Hanging Gardens by CapturingTheNight Reflection Time by CapturingTheNight

I'm going to feature two of my favorite artists this month.  I hope you will like them as much as I do.......

Adam :iconmeowgli: is a UK based photographer whose works are truly inspirational to me.  I think I first came across Adam's work after coming across his iconic windmill night sky shot.  When I delved deeper into his gallery I was so impressed with the quality of his photos.  A small selection of his great work.
Starry Night by Meowgli Shades of Autumn by Meowgli Summer Mists by Meowgli A Mother's Love by Meowgli Twilight Harvest by Meowgli

Sebastian :iconverticaldubai: is a photographer based in the United Arab Emirates whose captures of the amazing architecture and skyline of that region leaves me speechless every time I view them.  My watch feed is certainly dominated by landscape/sky/weather photographers, but I always love seeing Sebastian's cityscapes.  A small selection of his great work.
Cloud City by VerticalDubai Magic Carpet Ride by VerticalDubai The Wave by VerticalDubai Praise and Glory by VerticalDubai Burj Khalifa by VerticalDubai

Please do check out both Adam's and Sebastian's work.

I'll once again leave with a bit of shameless self promotion.....
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Cheers

Greg

News and Junes Featured Artist

Sun Jun 3, 2012, 12:45 AM
Hello to all my wonderful watchers :wave:

I have lots of things to cover.  First is that DA finally allowed us to change our user names as you would have already seen.  When I first joined DA it was so that I could comment on a friends work and the username was just spur of the moment decision.  Now I need something a bit more professional.  Hence the name change.  Speaking of that friend that I joined DA for.....
I am very pleased to say that my good friend Shaun :iconsyndyne: picked up his first DD for his great lightning capture "First Contact" First Contact by Syndyne recently thanks to a suggestion from a certain someone :D  This is the only image I have ever suggested for a DD.  100% strike rate!  If you are not already following Shaun's work please check him out.

Last week I was interviewed and had my photo taken for a local paper on my astrophotography.  I certainly prefer being on the other side of the camera, but am pretty happy with the write up.  Good to get some more recognition of what I do.  I'll try and get the article up here at some stage but until then you can see the picture of my telescope that featured in the article here www.flickr.com/photos/shooting…; There is also just some random guy standing next to it.  Just ignore him.  I don't recognise him at all ;-)

Getting more and more excited about the upcoming Venus Transit.  If you have not already seen it I have an resource guide to the event here greg-gibbs.deviantart.com/jour… .  With less than three days to go the weather forecast for my area is looking promising so I might not have to travel to find clear skies.  It will be great if I don't have to travel as it will mean that I can have family and friends over to look at this historic event.

Had a great night at a local lake during the month.  Very happy with the reaction to the first picture from that location "Rising Tide."  It is now one of the most faved images of mine on here.  Stay tuned for one or two more from that same night.
Rising Tide by CapturingTheNight Freezing Time by CapturingTheNight Play Ball by CapturingTheNight

You also might have seen that I posted another journal just before this one.  It is a journal to hopefully save me a lot of time on the computer, allowing me to take more of the photos you like.  I answer some common questions and provide resources to send you on your way into the money pit that is astrophotography.  In case you missed it you can find it here greg-gibbs.deviantart.com/jour…

This month I am just going to feature one artist (mainly because I have already spent way to much time on this computer already today).......

I only came across Knate's :iconk-n-8: great work last month after I (from memory) saw one of his images in a journal that I was also featured in.  When I checked out his page it was like I had found a twin and I couldn't believe that his work had had so little attention.  Knate is a very talented photographer of the night sky and has some stunning night sky scapes and lightning captures.  Please check out Knate's page and if you like what you see throw some favs and watches his way.  Some of Knate's great work.....
Albuquerque Sunset by k-n-8 Albuquerque Lightning 2 by k-n-8 Listening by k-n-8 Searching the Skies at VLA by k-n-8 Star Trail Lake by k-n-8 Albuquerque Lightning by k-n-8


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Greg

I have got to a point on this site that I am literally being inundated with questions about how I do some of my photos.  I simply do not have time to answer them all in full individually anymore.  It is seriously restricting the free time that I have to pursue this hobby and take those pictures that have become so popular (both on here and elsewhere).  So for my well being and hopefully to the benefit of those who ask me so many questions, I am doing this write up.

Before I get into some questions though, I want to make a few things clear.  I have spent a lot of time and money on trying to learn as much as I can to better myself with this style of photography.  I love all forms of astrophotography and I really think I have found my niche.  I hope to one day soon start making back a bit of that money I have spent.  So I am not going to just reveal everything I have worked so hard to learn.  What I am going to do is give you some tips and/or give you the same resources that I myself used to help me get started.  They are not all free.  They are not all a "one stop shop."  With some of them they are just the start.  You yourself will need to dig deeper to truly understand everything that is said in them if you wish to do shots like mine.  No one ever said astrophotography was cheap or easy.

:bulletblue:  Not really a question to start with, but it might help some to see a list of the equipment that I can/have/will use to do my astrophotography.
- Canon 5D Mk II
- Canon 60D
- Canon 1000D
- 10-24mm, 14mm, 18-55mm, 18-270mm, 20mm, 50mm, 75-300mm, 90mm  Camera Lenses
- 10" F/4 Newtonian Telescope
- 8" F/6 Dobsonian Telescope
- 80mm ShortTube Guidescope
- Synguider Autoguider
- NEQ6 Pro Goto Telescope Mount
- EQ5 Telescope Mount
- Coronado PST (Personal Solar Telescope)
- Modified webcam for astrophotography
- Variety of telescope eyepeices, adapters and accessories
- Home made barndoor tracker.
- Three camera tripods.

Like I said- a LOT of money

:bulletblue:  How can I take photos of the moon with just a camera?
Play Ball by CapturingTheNight Unfavourable Eclipse by CapturingTheNight
Get yourself a tripod.  Learn to use your camera in fully manual mode.  Use live view if you have it to manually focus on the moon.  Use the longest focal length you have.  Use settings of ISO 400, F/5.6 and 1/125th of a sec (crescent) 1/500th sec (quarter) 1/1000th sec (gibbous) or 1/2000th sec (full moon) as a starting point.  Take a test shot and adjust the shutter speed to get the right exposure.  Delay the shutter or use a remote to eliminate vibration.

:bulletblue:  How do you do your startrail images?
While You Were Sleeping by CapturingTheNight Star Trails At Dusk by CapturingTheNight
The best online tutorial I have seen will tell you everything you need to know and more www.naturephotographers.net/ar…
You can also use this www.startrails.de/html/softwar… program to stack your images.

:bulletblue: How do you photograph the sun without frying your camera and eyes?
Eruptive Prominence by CapturingTheNight Huge Solar Prominence II by CapturingTheNight
I own one of these www.meade.com/product_pages/co… which is a perfectly safe way to view the sun and with the aid of a couple of adapters also allows me to photograph it.

:bulletblue: I want to buy a telescope and take photos of deep space objects like you do.  What do I need?
The Orion Nebula M42 by CapturingTheNight Diving Into The Lagoon Again by CapturingTheNight
This is a big question and one of the ones I get the most.  You need to ask yourself what do you want to image the most (planets, other galaxies, nebulae, etc.).  Each answer has it's own list of equipment that is better than others.  It's not that you can not image everything with the one setup but some are more suitable than others.  
It's not all about the telescope.  The mount is the most important aspect of astrophotography.  Bad mount + great telescope = bad photos.  Great mount + any telescope (or even just a camera and lens)= great photos.  This is my deep space astrophotography setup.....
Behind The Scenes by CapturingTheNight
The mount cost nearly three times as much as the telescope.  Expect to pay about $1,500 Australian Dollars to get the minimum good mount for deep sky imaging.
I can highly recommend purchasing this www.astropix.com/BGDA/BGDA.HTM
I can highly recommend joining a local astronomy club to try before you buy and learn from people already doing it.
I can highly recommend joining online astronomy forums like "Cloudy Nights" or "Ice In Space" and asking lots of questions.
I can highly recommend subscribing to astronomy magazines

:bulletblue: How do you do your landscape astrophotography or what settings did you use?
Rising Tide by CapturingTheNight The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by CapturingTheNight
First off, I hate the question "What settings did you use?"  Even more so if you don't even fav the photo or follow my work.  A sure fire way to get a non response from me if you just write that.  It does not matter what settings I use unless you have exactly the same equipment I have and are standing next to me in the same conditions.   If you dialed in the same settings that I have used I can almost guarantee that 99 times out of 100 that you will get an image that looks nothing like mine or you wouldn't even be able to use the settings because your equipment does not allow it.
To work out what you can do with your equipment check out my tutorial here......
Fixed Tripod Astrophotography And The 600 Rule by CapturingTheNight 
Once you fully understand the 600 Rule all your other camera settings will flow off that for fixed tripod astrophotography.  If you don't like what the 600 Rule says for your equipment- buy better equipment.  That's what I did.
I can highly recommend you buy this eBook harvestinglight.net/seeing-the…
And/or this eBook as well www.philhart.com/shooting-star…
Get outside at night and practice, practice, practice.  Learn the night sky.  Not all the night sky is as photogenic as some areas.  Get as far away from light pollution as you can.

:bulletblue: I have purchased all the equipment you have and I have my images but they still don't look anything like yours.  What do I still need to do?
Image processing is vital to astrophotography.  It is not a hobby to take up if you have an aversion to using things like photoshop and other image editing programs.  For deep sky images you can easily spend as much time processing the images and digging all the faint detail out of the data, as you did outside taking the shots.  Watch this YouTube vid www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBQQ_G… to see a very good tutorial on basic deep space astrophotography image processing .  A lot of the techniques used can also be applied to landscape astrophotography.

I am constantly learning and refining how I process my images and I will only stop learning the day I die.  One thing I have seen come up a lot lately is the word Photoshop.  As in comments like "Fake.  I believe that this image has been photoshopped"
Photoshop seems to have become a bit of a dirty word in terms of photography for some people.  It has become a term for compositing or faking images.

Do I use Photoshop to paste a stolen or computer generated star filled sky image over my own landscape shot?  NO, I do not.

Do I use Photoshop (or Lightroom, or Camera Raw, or Digital Photo Professional, or PTGui Pro, or one of the multitude of other image editing programs available) to edit my images.  Of course I do.  And unless you are using a film camera, you edit images too.  Even if you are just taking a jpeg digital image straight from the camera to your computer, the data has most likely already been edited by your camera and does not represent exactly what you saw with your own eyes.
If I use an image editing program to crop, straighten, White Balance correct, saturate/desaturate, sharpen, apply/remove vignette, adjust exposure or contrast, etc. is that "Photoshop"?  In my opinion, no.  They are standard actions which have been applied by photographers ever since the first picture was developed in a darkroom.  Image editing programs like Photoshop are, for me, just a digital darkroom in which I develop my images.
Everything you see in my images is captured by me and my camera and more often than not, in a single exposure.  The only exceptions to this are generally my startrail images  (where I stack multiple images to show the stars motion across the sky), my solar images (where I do one exposure for the surface of the sun and one exposure for the fainter prominences around the solar limb), my panorama images (where I stitch multiple single images together to capture a larger field of view), and my deep sky images (where I do a number of exposures to improve the signal to noise ratio).  When ever I do do multiple images I always declare so in the image description.  If I have not mentioned multiple exposures then the shot was all done in a single image.

Steven Christenson has a great online article in which he talks about his thoughts on image processing and composite images and it echoes my thoughts exactly.  Check it out here...  blog.starcircleacademy.com/201…



Well I hope this has helped set you on your way to doing astrophotography like I do.  From now on if anyone asks me how I did a shot I will simply be directing them to this journal  (if I have not already described how I did it in the description).  I will NOT be expanding on anything I have talked about here unless I feel the need.  You now have the resources I used to get going in this.  What you do with them and how far you want to go with it is up to you.

Cheers

Greg