Milky Way and Dead Trees

Milky Way and Dead Trees

A beautiful night along the coast of Maine. The tree tops in the foreground are being lit up by nearby West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.

Nikon Z 7, Mount Adapter FTZ, NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 18mm, f/2.8 for all shots.

Sky: Star stack of 20 exposures, each at 10 seconds, ISO 6400. Stacked in the new version of Starry Landscape Stacker that supports raw files (update should be available in the Mac App Store). Processing raw files in SLS makes the workflow a bit easier, and also gets around the fact that you cannot disable built-in lens profile corrections in Lightroom Classic, which cause major problems on dark images with warping artifacts. If you’re on Windows you can use Sequator for star stacking landscapes at night, which also supports raw files.

Foreground: Single 10 minute exposure at ISO 1600. I processed the raw file for the foreground in Capture One Pro, which allows me to disable the built-in lens profile corrections, and it has a “Single Pixel” slider that makes removing hot pixels a breeze. I did not use in-camera LENR (long exposure noise reduction), knowing that I was going to process the foreground in Capture One anyways. This saves a lot of time when out shooting, and I can move onto other compositions without having to wait for LENR to complete.

The star stacked sky result from Starry Landscape Stacker and the processed file from Capture One were blended in Photoshop, with additional edits, to create the final image with detail and low noise in the foreground and sky.

Lightroom Classic version 9.4 has just been released and Adobe has finally fixed the built-in lens profile issue for camera models new to version 9.4 and all future versions, allowing you to disable them entirely…but not for currently supported cameras, which seems really strange. I hope they fix that in a future release.

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