Ponies and Stars

I felt like imaging something a bit different last night. My full astro setup is currently dismantled whilst undergoing a PC upgrade and the skies partially cleared during the evening. So out I went with camera & static tripod.

Now Orion is usually a really nice widefield at this time of year, so I started playing around with different settings but then Tamsin’s pony, Snowy, came to offer her help in the proceedings!

So I settled for my full spectrum modified Fuji on the tripod and attempted to produce a portrait of sky & pony. The thing is, pony models don’t keep still for long and stars don’t really show up on fast exposures. So… I had to use a bit of HDR technique to apply duplicate exposures, one for pony & one for sky. Foreground lighting was supplied by the 60Watt tungsten outdoor light on our house, everything else supplied by nature.

DSCF0395_6HDRb-24Feb08  Click picture for a larger view …

I thought of calling it “Pegasus meet Orion” but I’m not sure that Tamsin or Snowy would have been in favour. Oh well, that was a bit of fun, back to work now (which is fun too {grin} ).


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  • Tamsin

    February 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm Reply

    I wouldn’t have mindid you calling it Pegasus meet Orion!

  • antamuk

    February 25, 2008 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Cool, thank you Tamsin.
    In that case the picture is officially re-titled:

    “Pegasus meet Orion”

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