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Old Jul 28, 2011, 3:13 PM   #11
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Thank you all for the comments, they are very much appreciated.
I've decided to include one more photo in this thread with the milky way and highlighted trees in the foreground. They were lit by a flag pole's lights:
Photo details: 9 second exposure using a Sigma Superwide 24mm lens @ f/2.8 ISO 3200
Post processing was done to edit the sky and trees separately using the magic wand (first time i've ever got it to work correctly for me) in Photoshop CS5. Despeckle filter was used to remove noise.

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Old Jul 28, 2011, 3:43 PM   #12
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Neat!
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Old Aug 5, 2011, 8:51 AM   #13
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Hi, tswen. This is really nice. This is something I'd like to do also. I guess to shoot the Milky Way it has to be a cloudless, moonless night.
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Old Aug 5, 2011, 11:25 PM   #14
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I like the "natural look "image best. Side by side it seems more natural. But to be honest these pictures are up to "geez I should sell my camera and go back to sweeping the streets" quality. Good going.
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What processing did you do and is your final the result of only a single shot or multiple shots stacked?
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Old Aug 7, 2011, 8:38 PM   #16
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Thank you all for the comments.

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The post processing was done in Photoshop's RAW editor bumping up contrast, upping highlights, and adjusting the temperature of the photo.
Then in Photoshop, Noise ninja was used two times in its default mode for removing noise, then curves and contrast were adjusted again to bring out the milky way the best i could without giving it a fake look.
This was a single image only, no stacking.
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