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greenbaron May 6, 2013 9:52 AM

Milky Way panorama K5 and 10-17
Hi all,

A panorama of the high Karakoram mountains of Pakistan, with the Milky Way overhead. Shows K2 (second tallest peak in the world), Broad Peak (over 8000m) and the Gasherbrum range.
The pictures were taken during the K2 base camp trek, summer 2011. At the time an sd card error occurred and I could save only 1 image, which didn't include the brightest part of the milky way. That hurt indeed :oogle: But recently, and I don't know why, I could acces all the pictures without any problems, and the result would be this panorama. Stitched from 2 landscape oriented 10mm shots exposed for 2 minutes, left image at iso800, right at 1600. The last dimming evening light, long exposure and different iso settings are likely the cause for the somewhat visible stitch line (used panorama tools GUI). Post processing included whites/highlight/shadow/blacks tweak, vibrance boost and a cold WB setting to get that heavenly blue/purple hue.

I'm quite confident I could have used a faster shutter here; like about 30s would be sufficient for an f3.5 fish-eye to get the stars at the same brightness, and freeze them in the sky. I'm not sure if that counts for the milky way too. But the cold night made me scared of draining the battery too quickly, so I just took a few and sought the warmth of my sleeping bag :)

full hd version:

2500px high res version:


sumx4182 May 6, 2013 10:29 AM

Amazing! Love it!

JohnG May 6, 2013 10:39 AM

Fantastic photo.

hnikesch May 6, 2013 1:27 PM

It's an amazing shot, very nicely done


mtnman May 6, 2013 9:17 PM

A remarkable photo of a remarkable part of the world that I would love to see some day. Until that day arrives, I will enjoy superb photos like this one.

mtngal May 6, 2013 10:32 PM

Awesome! I really need to stay up late some night and take pictures of the stars. I just never quite get around to it. Keep posting pictures like this and I'll just have to work at it. Of course, it doesn't halo that the days are so long right now...

Eetu May 9, 2013 7:19 AM

Wow, this is just sooo over-the-top amazing! Well done!

greenbaron May 9, 2013 11:22 AM

Thanks :) Well, I got lucky with this one; I live in a densely populated area, mostly below sealevel; I won't often get a chance to shoot vistas like these again.. But I'd really love to try, see what can be achieved with the K-5. I used to think it would at least require some ultra full frame sensor to get the milky way like this, but the K-5 will get it quite there :)

dane/dawg May 9, 2013 8:32 PM

Very cool..

Monza76 May 10, 2013 6:16 PM

The technical issues you described have had little or no impact on the quality of the final image, very impressive.

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