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BlasR
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« on: February 03, 2005, 12:52:36 PM »
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Jonathan, I just check my eyes...Doctor say are ok,,He look my wife and say i have the best eyes he ever see. :laugh:



My monitor is the best too.

So I think the problem will be the photo, no?
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2005, 01:40:34 PM »
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No, I say i didn't see anything in the first one..Last three are very nice.


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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2005, 08:44:13 PM »
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Santa the photographs are gorgeous, they are so beautiful that they almost look unreal, like made in Hollywood. Very good job. I am sorry I missed the part where you mention where they were taken. This is where?

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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2005, 09:18:56 PM »
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Santa, very nice work here; I like the third one the best.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2005, 07:32:38 AM »
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Santa

Your panorama is stunning. I'm a fan of really large prints so I could see this printed 25 x 75 inches on something like a Lambda if the quality/resolution was there. Do I recall correctly you were using a 1Ds? And is the panorama a multi-shot stiched image? Could you tell us how you shot it and maybe how you found working with digital in extreme cold and with long exposures?

Thanks again for posting it.

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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2005, 03:31:48 PM »
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Hi Santa

Thanks for posting back. It sounds like a pretty straightforward workflow, shooting and stitching, although I'm sure the practicalities of long times shooting outdoors in the cold adds its own problems, hence the six batteries.

There is a Lambda house here that I use who have done some big pieces for me ( 18 x 72 inches ) which can be seen at the link below, but since I'm in Scotland the exchange rates and shipping would probably be a killer for you there in Alaska, although I'm sure someone closer to you could recommend a good lab, (anyone?)

Big Print:

http://www.mattlaver.com/photo.a....ontage#

Click the image for a larger version if you're interested. Its one of a series of images where I combined multiple shots to create the larger 'scenes'. Typically 6 shots per image shot on 6x9 film, scanned, montaged and printed hi-res on Lambda. But I digress. Great Aurora. Thanks again for sharing those with us.

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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2005, 11:29:48 AM »
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Hi I took this in Scotland October 2003

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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2005, 04:50:54 AM »
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2005, 01:10:35 PM »
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huh? if all you are trying to say is you don't like the image, you're done.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2005, 03:18:15 PM »
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Perhaps your reply would make more sense if you had actually posted it in the thread that started the exchange...
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2005, 09:11:03 PM »
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Andres:  In another thread somewhere, santa said that he lives in central Alaska, so I presume that's where they were taken (they have that sort of thing there  Smiley  ).

Santa:  Really really cool photos!  I've only seen the aurora from a jetliner once before, and would love to see more someday.  Lovely!

P.S.The apparently non-sequitor comments between BlasR & Jonathan are a continuation of something from another thread that somehow managed to ooze its way over here...Pay no attention.  

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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2005, 09:28:57 PM »
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these aurora shots are all taken in or around my home in North Pole, Alaska, near Fairbanks. Sometimes I go South toward Denali Park and shoot in what is the Cantwell area, or to the other highway that heads South into the "Summit" area, but each of these shots is from down the road from my house about a mile. I don't normally travel into the mountains when it gets under -30F.  Here is a panorama I did just a few days ago. I already have a sale of a  10x30. It will be cropped just a bit off the top for that but I don't think it will lose much of it's feel.The tilting trees are due to the tundra having ice below and the trees not having a good footing. That set of three photos were taken when it was -40F. Well...-40F during the day..not sure what it was when I was shooting other than damned cold, particularly so after the first two hours of standing around .  I don't think the previous poster realized it was a moon+halo+aurora all in one shot, which isn't anything to ring bells about, but it's also something reasonably unusual.

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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2005, 08:07:39 AM »
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Santa, that is fabulous! Thanks for posting. We sometimes get a show where I live, but it is delicate. We never get these outrageous colours.
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2005, 07:54:03 AM »
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It was shot with a 1DMKII and it is three shots stitched together. I have blown up single shots up to 20x30 with no problem at all so I am confident this would enlarge quite well. The only issue with aurora shots is often the stars have a small bit of streak to them which is simply unavoidable. I have yet to print this shot. I have not used lambda printing before. If you have a good lambda print house to recommend I would like to hear any recommendations. It is quite stunning, isn't it?  Thanks for the comment. I'll post a variation on this theme shortly (another pano of the same subject).
      The exposure, I'm confident, was roughly 15 sec at f2.8, probably ISO 400-800. The camera holds up to cold temps very well. It was about -30F when I took this. The biggest problem is not breathing on the camera and keeping my hands warm.  I have 6 batteries and have gone through all six in a long night of aurora shooting in those temps, which is saying something for those batteries which can last an average person a week. chuckle.
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2005, 08:46:05 PM »
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Santa, great stuff! Thanks for sharing. And you DO live in the North Pole! Always good to know some things are really true ...

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