Stones and Stars by pasttheirprime

Stones and Stars

First off, many thanks for all the kind comments and favs on Emperor last week.

This is Avebury Stone Circle with the Milky Way towering above one of the Sarsen Stones.

A good number of us in PTP have spent far too much time wandering around rural Wiltshire in the pitch black in grave danger of being abducted by aliens (its Britain's hotspot for UFOs and crop circles originated here), turned into toads by Druids (actually all the ones I've met have been fantastic), finished off by the ghostly Black Dog (a local myth about a giant devilish hound who is a harbinger of death) or, much more likely, falling face down in a cow pat, all in the attempt to get a decent Milky Way shot.

Reality is there's always too much spurious light, even though it is really quite dark - its just not really dark.

So, this shot has had a fair amount thrown at it, not least time, in an attempt to get as much out of the images that I had, taken with a Samyang 14mm f2.8 prime lens. The eight sets of three bracketed shots wouldn't stitch very well, so most had to be done by hand, and I used two different editing techniques, abandoning the first asit just didn't work. This one is based on a certain Mr Jimmy McIntyre (who comes from my homeland the North East of England) and who is rapidly becoming my favourite photographer - check him out on http://www.throughstrangelenses.com . Tools involved were Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix and Topaz DeNoise. Phew!

Next week I'm taking a quick selfie with my iPhone....

Kev @snaggy
Wow! Totally amazing. I love this shot xx
September 22nd, 2016  
Oh my goodness! This is beyond words! Love!
September 22nd, 2016  
Wow, love this! Fav
September 22nd, 2016  
I don't know how you did that but it's a truly wondrous sight!
September 22nd, 2016  
brilliant effort and result. Don't work the iphone too hard:)
September 23rd, 2016  
Wow! Fabulous image! Fav!
September 23rd, 2016  
Simply stunning! Fav! Great editing!
September 23rd, 2016  
Amazing!
September 23rd, 2016  
This is terrific! I have no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds complicated! I have just figured out that I can crop and turn a pic into b&w! I also thought your commentary was funny. But, having said that, I had the opportunity a few years ago to spend a week at Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, where my daughters were doing research. This involved running (literally) around prairie dog colonies chasing nocturnal ferrets. So, I was worried about stepping into a prairie dog hole, and there were rattlesnakes. BUT, this area is a designated dark sky zone, so, once we were dropped by the truck, we were in the pitch dark and total silence, except for what nature offered (which included coyotes looking at us and singing for us). Quite the experience. But back to your pic - fav!
September 23rd, 2016  
Stunning and so worth the potential abduction. Glad you weren't though,we'd miss you terribly. Fav!
September 23rd, 2016  
Instant fav!!
September 23rd, 2016  
Fabulous leading line, depth, composition
September 23rd, 2016  
So awesome! I love the exposure/editing technique it looks so natural and yet it almost feels as if there's a wrinkle in time- sunsetting on the land while the dark sky and stars already blanket the sky
September 23rd, 2016  
so awesome
September 23rd, 2016  
Fabulous shot.
September 23rd, 2016  
@sheilaj Thanks Sheila - that puts it all in context really, as you have some really quite serious hazards out there in Canada (which I love btw), whereas in the UK in reality we have nothing except myths, legends and animal droppings! But your skies must be amazing! When you feel a little more confident, (most of us where learning to crop for the first time not that long ago!) just start googling Milky Way photography and see what can be done. With a half decent lens and dark skies, you'll get some great piccies, much better than this.
September 23rd, 2016  
Amazing Milky Way and landscaping! BTW, love all the myths and legends of the UK!
September 23rd, 2016  
Great capture for the equinox!
September 23rd, 2016  
Holy cow... I must digest this shot and processing. Amazing and fabulous.
September 23rd, 2016  
Can I fave this twice???
September 23rd, 2016  
love your narrative and the image - I would love to wander rural Wiltshire and perchance be abducted or turned or even fall on a cow pat hahahaha
September 23rd, 2016  
Wow, this is incredible. So clever!
September 23rd, 2016  
What a fantastic shot well worth the effort. Would love to see some crop circles, the Julia Set is my favourite. FAV
September 23rd, 2016  
Stunning!
September 23rd, 2016  
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the link.
September 23rd, 2016  
This is lovely.
September 23rd, 2016  
@julzmaioro - check out the link on this image.
September 23rd, 2016  
very nice! the editing sounds complicated! great result though, FAV
September 23rd, 2016  
Ah the curse of 365 - I want a "--" picture and must get it. So we venture in the rain, snow, crowds, night, early morning or drive miles - book vacations all around our needs for certain pictures. You have done an amazing job here - hope our comments made the experience worth the effort. And do hope you didn't fall on any cow pats.
September 23rd, 2016  
Incredible!
September 23rd, 2016  
Brilliant picture - Fav
September 23rd, 2016  
Beautiful and mystical looking photo.
September 23rd, 2016  
Simply stunning!
September 23rd, 2016  
Amazing!
September 23rd, 2016  
all that work and dedication you put into it certainly paid off, great image
September 23rd, 2016  
Tom
Fantastic and complex editing to get his wonderful image, way above my
grade
September 24th, 2016  
Brilliant shot and your very patient to do all that editing - sounds very complicated but worth it.
September 24th, 2016  
Well Kev you never cease to amaze... Just out of this world and an instant fav. @snaggy
September 24th, 2016  
simply stunning. fav
September 24th, 2016  
Fierce- fav!!
September 24th, 2016  
@snaggy Not too shabby, even for a Canon .... ;-)
September 27th, 2016  
Awesome. Great shot.
September 27th, 2016  
Amazing capture...
September 28th, 2016  
Fabulous shot! Well done on TT!
September 30th, 2016  
Wow -- this is brilliant! Just saw it on TT -- many congrats on the top spot -- so well earned with this image!
October 1st, 2016  
Awesome shot. Spectacular post processing.
October 4th, 2016  
Simply fantastic capture.
October 6th, 2016  
Stunning and love how you lead the rocks. Congrats, well deserved.
October 6th, 2016  
Wonderful shot, well worth the risk of abduction. Thanks for the link to Jimmy McIntyre's site, he's amazing!
October 9th, 2016  
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