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Astrophotography Composite | The Nub in Assiniboine Provincial Park {How I Shot It}

By Guest Contributor on November 28th 2015

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About the Photographer

Hannes Nitzsche is a full-time carpenter and part-time lifestyle, travel and landscape photographer born in Germany and currently based in southwest Western Australia. He specializes in panoramics, long exposures, and astrophotography. Check out his work on the sites below:

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Gear Used

Canon EOS 6D
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
Induro CT313 Carbon Fibre tripod
Induro BHM2 Ball Head
Novoflex Slim Panorama Head
Lowepro Video Fastpack 350 aw

About the Shoot

The images you see below were taken from The Nub in Assiniboine Provincial Park in the Canadian Rockies. After flying in by chopper, we put up our camp and immediately hiked the 5 km through grizzly territory up to the Nub where we sat down and waited. I set-up my tripod with my pano head and shot 7 images at the end of blue hour for the foreground, then another 7 images of the sky once the sunlight was completely gone, about 1 hour later (making sure I had enough overlap to combine the two rows later in post). I had to change my settings for the latter row of images to accommodate for the low light, so I chose my fastest aperture and increased the ISO to 3200.

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Post Production

Once at home, I stitched the two panoramas separately, edited them separately and then merged them in Photoshop to my liking.

Final editing was done using Lightroom, Nik Color Efex & Nik DeFine

Final Image

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6 Comments

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  1. Dave Haynie

    I love this kind of shot, and look forward to some opportunities in Arizona next month. Thanks for sharing your secrets :-)

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  2. Andres Garcia

    Absolutely breathtaking! I can stare at this image all day and let my mind wonder into space. Thank you.

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  3. Steven Spurrier

    Great work mate :)

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    great article!

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