To the west by randystreat

To the west

My get-pushed partner challenged me to try some night photography.Two major challenges in accomplishing this. 1 - I don't drive much at night right now due to cataracts, so had to stay pretty much at home and there is a lot of light around this place, even at night. 2 - the weather's not been cooperative. It's rained or overcast every night since the challenge was issued and I expect it to be for the rest of the week. I was cued in by a FB friend that the stars were out and the night was clear, so got out there in my PJ's to take these photos.
@tdaug80 Thank you for the challenge. I was actually quite surprised I got some "decent" shots because of the light that's around the house. It's more evident in this photo. The local hospital is on the other side of the hill the trees are on.
March 18th, 2020  
Great capture of the sky and tree silhouettes. .
March 18th, 2020  
This is really good- I like the streak from the plane in there.
March 18th, 2020  
That came out pretty well. If you tinker around with editing, you might try a luminosity mask to darken the sky while leaving the stars bright. Simpler than that, you could try to darken the shadows and brighten the highlights.
March 18th, 2020  
There is also a trick where you hold a black card over the lens in the part of the scene that is too bright. Then, you move it away part way through the exposure. I've not had much luck with that.
March 18th, 2020  
Wonderful starry night capture
March 19th, 2020  
Beautiful capture.
March 19th, 2020  
@pyrrhula Thank you Ferry.
@olivetreeann I didn't notice that until I got to looking at these photos. I was pretty happy it was in there. Thank you Ann.
@tdaug80 Thank you. And I appreciate the tips. During post processing, I did darken the photo, but kind of liked the glow on the horizon, so lightened it back up.
March 19th, 2020  
@tosee Thank you tom
@haskar Thank you Haskar.
March 19th, 2020  
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