Stranger Skies by grizzlysghost

Stranger Skies

After seeing the work of Matt Molloy (thread: http://365project.org/discuss/articles/17171/matt-molloy-s-gorgeous-smeared-skies) I thought I'd give it a go.

Since I was impatient, I just set up my camera out my front door and pointed it East (the sun was currently setting behind me). I got a little bit of color from the setting sun, but it wasn't a very good sunset night so this is all I could get.

Also, there was a very slight surface wind, but enough to sway the trees; that's why they are blurry. I think my next attempt will exclude close foliage so it isn't an issue.

Composite of 207 images at 5-second intervals (which I will cut to 1-second next time).

*Update! Thanks everyone for your interest! As you know, I like for people to figure things out on their own at first (better growth that way), so I won't give out ALL the "secrets" to this shot just yet. Give it a little more time, go out and experiment and have fun! I will say this though, the program I used to stack the images together was FREE, downloaded from the internet, so PLEASE don't go out and purchase expensive programs for this. I have tagged this image with "cloudslip" and think it would be cool if everyone who tried this technique used this tag as well so we can get a little collection going :)

PP 30 March 2013:
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g349/GrizzlysGhost/ScreenShot2013-03-30at85637PM_zps3a7eb19d.png
Vee
Very nice!
March 30th, 2013  
Nia
Very cool. That was a quick turn about to take on the challenge. His pictures are inspiring.
March 30th, 2013  
Wild
March 30th, 2013  
@vskolnik @sianipops Thanks! I still have a few bugs to work out and a couple more mysteries of his to solve; he has some fantastic images!
March 30th, 2013  
Oh wow...you did it! Those pics were awesome and you have the way too! Fav
March 30th, 2013  
Nia
Happy mystery solving to you.
March 30th, 2013  
Awesome pp and what a gr8 composite! Gotta try this, now!
March 30th, 2013  
Vee
@grizzlysghost Yes, he does! I'll look forward to your future attempts but this one is pretty darn good!
March 30th, 2013  
Cool. Awesome pic. FAV.
March 30th, 2013  
Oh wow is right! I would love to try that around here! YOu did a great job. It makes very interesting patterns. I think you did fantastic for just trying it out! fav!
March 30th, 2013  
Wow...so unique. I like the effect on the sky!
March 30th, 2013  
Really cool... those clouds are great.
March 30th, 2013  
Oh wow! Fabulous result. You make even the most complicated technique look effortless. Did you change any of the camera settings during those 207 exposures ?
March 30th, 2013  
@bardejov Thanks! I didn't change any of the settings. The program I used to stack the images stripped my exif, but I believe each shot was around 1/20sec, ISO 100, f/22.
March 30th, 2013  
You are really clever when it comes to setting up these specialty shots.
March 30th, 2013  
Surprised you decided to try so soon. Interesting process and I'm sure you'll perfect it in no time.
March 30th, 2013  
Really cool!
March 30th, 2013  
this turned out really well, especially for a first attempt
March 30th, 2013  
Wow, it came out awesome! How fun that you went and tried the technique!
March 30th, 2013  
Pretty darn cool!
March 30th, 2013  
Wow such a very cool technique!! Beautiful shot!
March 30th, 2013  
Um... wow...!!!!!!!
How's that for an intelligent comment but know that the exclamation marks mean I am highly impressed.
March 30th, 2013  
@kalexa And that's a LOT of exclamation marks! LOL :) Thanks Kalexa!
March 30th, 2013  
You are surrounded by such amazing beauty, and you capture it so well. Thank you for sharing it with us!
March 30th, 2013  
You just set the camera up outside the front door!! Never mind the technique and beautiful outcome...what a view!!
So they are stacked like a star trail stack? I've only ever done star trails with a long exposure of just one photo, which would not work for this due to the light. Fav
March 30th, 2013  
Cool. Just showed my husband. He says "we're going to have to meet those people (Jake included) someday." In case you are wondering, that's a compliment, as he is a bit of a homebody.
March 30th, 2013  
@onie Thanks Leoni, exactly right, just like a star trail stack! :)
@debrac Haha, thanks Debra!
March 30th, 2013  
My family and I are in WOW! over this shot. Great job. I gotta try this. FAV
March 30th, 2013  
Cool effect
March 30th, 2013  
Whoa, are we under attack?! Super coolio effect :-D
March 30th, 2013  
Well done for trying this out so quickly...great job. I need to find some time and give this a go!!
March 30th, 2013  
Great job for your first try.
March 30th, 2013  
Fav. Wonderful effect and I quite like the blur in the trees.
March 30th, 2013  
Coooooool - I think I might have to visit this site to read up on how it's done.
March 30th, 2013  
Well done. You're quick off the mark! Wouldn't mind a view like this just outside my front door....
March 30th, 2013  
Wow very clever - I must check this out!! Love the view from your front door!!
March 30th, 2013  
Did I do the math right... this took a little over 17 mins to shoot? What software did you stack them in? Were they RAW files or did you take jpeg? Any correction done to the final image? You've piqued my curiosity ;)
March 30th, 2013  
This looks amazing! Great effect and gotta try it sometime! Fav!
March 30th, 2013  
Wow.. great idea! Think I want to try too.
March 30th, 2013  
An amazing technique.
March 30th, 2013  
Wow, your explanation has just made me realise how these shots are done. I thought that they were just edited to drag out the colours, not multi exposures. Like it a whole lot more now I know this. Might even have a play myself. Not a bad view from the front door!
March 30th, 2013  
Love it! I expect the 1 second interval will give a completely different result...unless the clouds are moving more slowly next time. Definately a trial and error kind of deal. I look forward to your next attempt :)
March 30th, 2013  
OMG very impressive, fantastic
March 30th, 2013  
Tim
Wow Aaron you must have the patience of a saint. Wonderful effect I'm guessing that this would be a similar technique as that used for star trails.
March 30th, 2013  
So this is the view from your front door... That's it. I'm never speaking to you again.
March 30th, 2013  
Wow, very cool. Thanks for sharing details, it inspires me to learn :)
March 30th, 2013  
wow! you have a incredible view from your front door! :)
March 30th, 2013  
Amazing! Fav!
March 30th, 2013  
Very cool sky
March 30th, 2013  
Interesting cool effect. Never seen it before.
March 30th, 2013  
very cool. why one second instead of five sec interval?
March 30th, 2013  
Looked at that thread yesterday, amazed you have captured the style really well.
March 30th, 2013  
Great stacking and I like the concept! I'll have to give this a try! Thanks.
March 30th, 2013  
Aaron, after that article I did some searching on software and didn't end up choosing one. Which program did you use? I'm resisting purchasing photoshop but was intrigued by the info I found on stacking images.
March 30th, 2013  
Cool effect. Will have to try it myself sometime.
March 30th, 2013  
Great attempt to implement Matt Molloy's work.
March 30th, 2013  
I am going to try this as well. Not sure how to do this quite yet but there is a lot written about the subject already.
March 30th, 2013  
Wow! Very, very cool and a tag I look forward to exploring!
March 30th, 2013  
perfect!! :)
March 30th, 2013  
Awesome effect!!
March 30th, 2013  
Crazy good. Fav'd! Very creative.
March 30th, 2013  
I love to try things I don't know how to do (which honestly is almost everything I'm doing with 365 so far--I'm getting manual settings down at least!), so I'm going to bookmark this one and give it a try when I think I understand the process. Your first effort is really wonderful--love it!
March 30th, 2013  
Really awesome. Instant Fav.
March 30th, 2013  
cool!
March 30th, 2013  
Amazingly-out of this world--fav !! btw,thank u,thank u for all the greetings-- really appreciate it-will catch up soon:)
March 30th, 2013  
Loving this technique. Don't like the Stepieness though. Matt has it in his shots but to a lesser extent. If you could eradicate it completely and just have the blurry look I think it could be something truly special.
March 31st, 2013  
wow..cool effect..congrats on pp
March 31st, 2013  
Wow! Something else to add to my photo bucket list. What an amazing 1st attempt, will look forward to your 2nd...
March 31st, 2013  
HUGE thanks to everyone for you comments and faves, we made the Pop Page! You guys ROCK!
March 31st, 2013  
Nice!
March 31st, 2013  
Wow stunnig effect!
March 31st, 2013  
So cool Aaron.
March 31st, 2013  
Wow!
March 31st, 2013  
I think your shot is nicer than Mr Molloy's - and I love the trees in it btw. (Not that my opinion counts for much but I'll put in my two pen'orth while I'm here!)
March 31st, 2013  
@filsie65 Haha, thanks Phil! :)
March 31st, 2013  
Cool shot !
March 31st, 2013  
you really did a super brilliant job with this! just amazing!
April 1st, 2013  
I think it is fabulous for your first attempt and have no doubt you will have it perfected very soon
April 1st, 2013  
A genius at work...again. FAV!
April 3rd, 2013  
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