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Astral Plain…

by on Nov.21, 2016, under Photography

I was already pretty satisfied with the source frames I’d taken for the previously posted panorama on this astral plain. I was however keen to do another one. This time a full 360˚ pano and also one which was a bit closer to the trees and the building. Basically I aimed to get as close as I could whilst still having the milky way arch overhead above the treeline.

Astral Plain

Astral Plain

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 25 sec at f/2.8, ISO 6400 x 16 Frames

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

As it happened I wasn’t able to move all that much closer. The milky way was moving towards the horizon in the west as the night progressed. I did however move quite a bit to the right from the previous spot. I’d noticed a fair bit of light pollution on the horizon through the trees from some town in the distance. I decided to place this behind the house to hide it more.

The image leading this post is a nice crop from the centre of the full 360˚ by 180˚ flattened equirectangular projection below.

Astral Plain

Astral Plain

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 25 sec at f/2.8, ISO 6400 x 16 Frames

Two rows of eight (8) frames with the Samyang 14mm is enough for a full 360˚ circle. The first row of 8 vertical frames is taken looking straight out level and the second row is taken with the camera tilted up 45˚.

I actually took a total of 26 frames for this shot. I had to repeat a few of the frames, either where I’d over or underlit the frame. We also did a number of takes of the central frame where I was lighting the inside of the house in various colours.

Astral Plain

Besides a dark hole right at the bottom this overlapping coverage also allows me to produce a full spherical panorama. You can view the scene in the interactive panorama tool above. In this you can pan left and right and up and down to view the entire scene.

It was 9:30PM and by this time my daughter was getting cold and tired. She was also getting a little wet from whatever this tall thick pasture was. It was time to pack up and head back to town.

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