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Fortuitous

by on May.11, 2022, under Photography

Fortuitous

Fortuitous

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S @ 20 mm, 10 sec at f/1.8, ISO 2000 x 4 Frames

This is a vertical panorama stitch of four frames taken with the pretty awesome native Z 20mm f/1.8 lens. Shooting it wide open at f/1.8 lets in a lot of light. Still at wide open the stars are nicely pinpoint and without any serious aberrations even in the corners. It’s 11:50PM and the milky way core is nicely above the fort

We didn’t have pano rails with us for this session so we had to manually adjust the overlap by eye (in complete darkness!). I’d actually taken 8 frames from pointing somewhat downwards all the way up to slightly behind vertical. However for this final result I only use 4 of those frames

The actual pano stitch was a total PITA. It’s somewhat fortuitous I got anything out of them. Lightroom and Photoshop just plain refused to usefully stitch any combination of input frames. I ended up having to manually force an external pano stitching application

On the plus side the milky way was way more visible (even to the naked eye) this night; compared to our two previous astro sessions at Boora Point (Malabar) and Hornby Lighthouse (South Head)


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