xoxoxoBruce Monday Sep 29 11:16 PM
September 30, 2008: False Kiva
Most of us are lucky to see a few stars. Sometimes on vacation, we might get far enough for civilization to get a good show. But not many people get to see what Wally Pacholka does. That's because Mr Pacholka is a pro, it's what he does, and he works damn hard at it.
I told Mr Pacholka that I would link both the APotD and his site, because there is always some clown claiming every cool picture is a photoshop.
Kasszia Tuesday Sep 30 12:11 AM
I live not 30 miles from here! Never seen False Kiva, although, I think a trip this winter might not be out of the question! Thanks for posting Bruce. This picture is amazing. And I can tell you from experience, you would not believe how many stars you can see out here in the desert... Ah, going outside now!
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Sep 30 12:15 AM
I know, I spent 10 days at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, one August. There were more stars than wall street could lose in a year, and shooting stars every thirty seconds, all night long.
Elspode Tuesday Sep 30 12:17 AM
OK, its wonderful...but there's no way to get such a deep exposure of the Milky Way without a tracking camera, and that tracking camera would have smeared the foreground.
monster Tuesday Sep 30 12:26 AM
looks like a painting to me. A good one. Maybe this is the effect of the exposure described by the photographer, but it doesn't appear real enough to make me feel like I'm there, which is what I expect of a good photo
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Sep 30 12:26 AM
None of the stars are points, they're all little streaks.
SPUCK Tuesday Sep 30 05:25 AM
I'm with spode. I think there has been some uh tweaking here.. That Milky Way is way over the top.. One can say, "yes that was just The Picture", but then overlay 20 of the same picture and say "yeah but it wasn't Photoshopped".
glatt Tuesday Sep 30 08:56 AM
It looks like a composite image to me. I don't doubt that if you were there, looking at the scene with your naked eye, it would look a lot like this picture. But cameras aren't as flexible as our eyes when it comes to adjusting for exposure. With a camera, when you expose one part of a picture properly, other parts of it will either be over or under exposed. I think this is either tweaked in photoshop to make the night sky brighter, or it is two pictures taken one right after the other but exposed differently and then stitched together. Much like HDR photography.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Sep 30 09:41 AM
The wonders of the night sky are out there every night and you can't see them... neener neener neener.
classicman Tuesday Sep 30 09:46 AM
Simply spectacular. Whatever it is.
Flint Tuesday Sep 30 09:48 AM
We're a team? Cool. Nice work, Wally.
Pie Tuesday Sep 30 11:46 AM
If you play with shadows/midtones/highlights in ps, you get effects that look a lot like that. Still love the pic, but it definitely has some tweaking going on.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Sep 30 12:39 PM
A Kiva is a man made structure. This is a natural cave that was apparently being used for the same purpose, hence false Kiva.
Treasenuak Tuesday Sep 30 09:06 PM
This is now my desktop background. Freakin' GORGEOUS! -hums under breath- stone soup, stone soup... since no one's posted a recepie yet
Elspode Wednesday Oct 1 01:43 AM
I've spent many hours under the darkest skies imaginable. Trust me, there are no circumstances under which you would see the Milky Way in this manner. You cannot see the dust lanes that are so prominent in this pic. You cannot see the tremendous differential between the light areas and the darker ones, no matter how long you stay out, no matter how dark adapted your eyes become.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Oct 1 03:08 AM
It looks like that from my mushroom patch.
rupip Wednesday Oct 1 10:47 AM
God is obviously a woman
ZenGum Wednesday Oct 1 07:41 PM
How you figure that?
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Nov 25 12:28 PM
I just found this day picture.
Shawnee123 Tuesday Nov 25 12:29 PM
CliffWalker Sunday Jan 4 10:23 PM
I've spent twenty-five years camping in the desert and photographing the night sky. Any photograph that will show the Milky Way in this detail would require the shutter to be open for a long time, creating star trails. This has to be a composite.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Jan 4 10:32 PM
Welcome to the Cellar, CliffWalker.
One Monkey Thursday Jan 29 11:21 AM
First I want to say that this is a beautiful image, Mr. Palcholka is very talented. However, it does bother me that he does not admit that this image is a composite of more than one image. I don't understand why he feels compelled to state it is only one image with only one exposure. I read on another site where he admits that it is a panoramic composite of four images that were spliced together by a photography house.
wolf Thursday Jan 29 11:24 AM
Thanks, One Monkey, for the info!
One Monkey Thursday Jan 29 11:28 AM
One Monkey Thursday Jan 29 11:31 AM
I tried to post an image showing the daylight horizon and the night horizon side by side but I don't see it here.
glatt Thursday Jan 29 11:32 AM
Your post appears blank to me, One Monkey, but when I quote it, I can see you are trying to link to this image. I've uploaded it as an attachment.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jan 29 11:49 AM
What he told me was, all his pictures have been verified by the National Park Service to be real stuff.
Oh, and welcome to the Cellar, One Monkey.
One Monkey Thursday Jan 29 12:45 PM
xoxoxoBruce Friday Jan 30 01:53 AM
In the forth link he tells how he did it.
chrisinhouston Friday Jan 30 12:16 PM
Well if you go to his website he has almost all of his images "on sale" so the economy must be hurting for him as well!
floatingk Tuesday Feb 3 07:13 PM
I feel this was one of the best reactionary IOTD in a while. But, I have to tell you that Im not a believer. Oh well.:p