Painted Hills, Oregon + Great Ocean Road, Victoria Some random points about this image: – It is a composite – The landscape was taken as a night shot with the EXIF settings you see but pre-dawn with far fewer stars which were a random assortment and not the milky way. – The milky way night sky you see is from the Southern hemisphere where I believe we get a much better deal in terms of milky way visibility! – The merge is a composite that uses many masking techniques (some of which are complex but unfortunately none of which I have made a video out of to sell!) All of this makes it ‘unreal’ as the title suggests but perhaps quite a pretty picture? I’ll leave that for you to decide !
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http://ift.tt/1cRHAV1http://ift.tt/1cRHCfO ~Please click the photo to view on black and to get rid of the distracting ‘HOLY CRAP REQUEST TO BUY ME!!!!’ links 500px puts up below the image.’ Holy crap do I love Oregon. We have so much diversity within a day’s drive. At the last minute on day, I decided to make the 9 hour round trip drive out to the Painted Hills. The forecast called for scattered thunderstorms… so it was quite a gamble going here. And while I always hope for good light and photographic opportunities, what I was really after was.. nothing. I wanted to be around nothing. This spot isn’t REMOTE. But it’s out there. Far enough away that you don’t hear the cars.. that you have to wait for cattle to move off the road.. that all you hear is the sound of the wind and your breathing as you inhale the scent of sagebrush and juniper. I was luckily treated to some very nice light… which doesn’t happen to me a lot. That’s just the cherry on top of an escape. Nine hours of driving. Two hours of nothingness. A beautiful girl to spend it with, and the sticky smell of juniper all over my hands. Huge thanks to Alex ‘aNorg’ Noriega for being a master at post-processing and teaching the techniques I used on this image. If you want to up your game.. he’s the person to go to.
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