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Photographing Stars Guide
A lot of people have asked for advice and tips when shooting the night sky so here is a little run through of my editing and shooting process.
Equipment: Canon 5D Mark II - Sigma 24-70mm EX HSM f/2.8
Set up the camera to the highest usable ISO, (try to bare in mind noise. Higher=worse quality) in this case I used ISO 1600 so as to minimize noise. Exposure was 30 secs with an aperture as wide as possible at f/2.8.
I literally just rested the camera on its side on my windowsill. Tripod would have been better but I was being lazy. Set self timer to 10secs to avoid vibrations.
And that’s as much as it takes for the shooting, don’t like taking multiple images and layering them.
Editing - Lightroom 5
Starting of with white balance to remove a lot of the night pollution colouring from the sky, reverting it to blue/black. I used brushes, as usual to highlight the ground and horizon, of course being very dark this allowed the noise to show up. Using clarify tools to make the sky more dramatic I then came to the conclusion that this over complicated the image.
With a quick switch to black and white this simplified the work, and kept the dramatics that clarify brushes brought in. With some quick noise reduction and sharpening at the end, it was complete.
Hope this is of help.
»typewriter art: a modern anthology« edited by barrie tullett
this beautiful book brings together some of the best examples by typewriter artists around the world. as well as key historical work from the bauhaus, h. n. werkman and the concrete poets, there is art by contemporary practitioners, both typewriter artists who use the keyboard as a ‘palette’ to create artworks, and artists/typographers using the form as a compositional device. the book will appeal to graphic designers, typographers, artists and illustrators, and anyone fascinated by predigital technology.
i totally love this book, therefore a huge recommendation from my side!
(this book also includes three of my typewriter poems)
The Hesitant Betrothed by Auguste Toulmouche (1866)
I have always adored this painting. Having the central female figure stare with awareness at her viewer is a very powerful move, and something not often given to women in paintings. It creates an engagement with the viewer, she sees you and she knows you are watching her. She is no longer an object in an image, she is a person.
You know she gon’ kill the man she has to marry
I like how everyone else is totally excited the women are congratulating her, the little girl is so into being a flower girl.
And she’s there in middle going “THIS IS SUCH BULLSHIT.”
"the hesitant betrothed" there is NOTHING HESITANT about that expressionWhoa. This is really dramatic and unexpected :)The “Fuck This Shit” Betrothed
Say hello to my Eeveelution frozen cocktail menu!
Eevee: cake vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s, chocolate eclair ice cream bar, chocolate syrup
Vaporeon: rum, Malibu, blue curacao, pineapple juice, Sprite
Jolteon: tequila, red bull, margarita mix, lemon juice, Sprite, salt on the rim
Flareon: fireball whiskey, peach schnapps, iced tea, lemonade, dash of strawberry syrup (for color)
Espeon: strawberry vodka, Hpnotiq Harmonie, Chambord, cranberry juice, Sprite
Umbreon: bourbon, coke, lemon juice, orange juice
Glaceon: rum, blue curacao, peppermint schnapps, lemonade, soda water, sugar on the rim
Leafeon: tequila, peach schnapps, lime juice, ginger ale, mint, honey and a drop of chocolate syrup for decoration
Sylveon: cake vodka, strawberry vodka, Bailey’s, strawberry shortcake ice cream bar, cream, strawberry syrup
I want someone who will sit on a rooftop with me at 2 in the morning and will tell me their favorite songs and their family problems and how they think the earth was made
I can’t really argue
when someone doesn’t close the god damn door