Day 89: Clouds In The Night Sky

by Ivan Steenkamp April. 05, 2017 1444 views


There is something magical about long exposures and night photography. It is so exciting to take photos of a seemingly dark scene and then getting something much better! 

My approach to capturing the night sky was to include the clouds and bamboo to give perspective to the photo. I love how the clouds turned out! The movement in the clouds adds a very cool dynamic component to the shot.

It was not easy to focus on the stars but I did it! I experimented with the shutter-speed and ISO to get the stars bright but without star trails. I got this one at around 40 seconds to keep the stars uniform.

The night sky ful of bright stars and orange clouds, The lower left is full of silhouetted bamboo.

I really like having the clouds in the shot. It adds a interesting sense of distance to the composition!

Metadata: D5300, 18-105mm @18mm, f/4, 43 sec, ISO-1600.

Editing: Photoshop (luminosity masks to only remove noise from the dark parts of the image), Camera Raw (basic adjustments), Color Efex Pro (corrections in colour and contrast).


I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.  ~ Stephenie Meyer

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Stephanie Hyde 4 years ago


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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Stephanie Hyde 4 years ago

Tēnā rawa atu koe! (Maori for "Thank you very much!")

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Antonio Gil 4 years ago

Well done

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years ago

Thank you! It took a bit of patience but it paid off!

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Dirk K 4 years ago

Wow. Amazing picture.

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Dirk K 4 years ago

Thanks, Dirk!

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