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Crested Butte Scenery

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by Lumagent Morple, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. Lumagent Morple

    Lumagent Morple

    Feb 14, 2009
    I recently went on a mountain biking trip to Colorado and Utah and was blown away by the scenery in Crested Butte.

    This first picture was from the night we arrived in Crested Butte. It was a very clear night, and we were far enough from civilization that we could see an abundance of stars surrounding our very own Milky Way.

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    After camping the first night at 10,000 feet above sea level, we awoke to a beautiful meadow of daisies and other wildflowers right outside of our tent.

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    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
  2. That first shot is way cool. I love it. It makes me want to go out and shoot the Milky Way myself. Thanks for sharing.

    God Bless,
  3. Two great shots!!
  4. JakeEbersole


    Mar 11, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Jake Ebersole
    Wow. Both shots are AMAZING, but I especially like the first. WOW!!!
  5. Ryan Bradford

    Ryan Bradford

    Jul 14, 2009
    really love the first picture.
  6. SteveM10


    Jun 5, 2009
    Parrish, FL
    Wow, that first shot if amazing.
  7. daveg


    Jul 14, 2008
    The first shot is truly amazing and shows what we, who live in densely populated areas are missing.

    The second is way too contrasty (on my screen) for my eyes and possibly has blown reds?
  8. Lumagent Morple

    Lumagent Morple

    Feb 14, 2009
    Thanks for the comments guys. I boosted the levels on the first shot a little bit to make the Milky Way pop, and I actually toned the contrast down a bit on the second shot.
  9. jerryshenk


    Jan 8, 2009
    Amazing shots...that first one is...wow. I remember visiting some relatives in Nebraska somewhere...North Platte I think...was just amazed at the number of stars. They just don't look like that here on the east coast;) 

    Dasies are cool too. What's in the background? It's clear enough to make me wonder what it is. Brilliant colors, musta been a beautiful morning.

    ...heading out to pack the camping gear;) 
  10. shtarka1


    Feb 1, 2008
    Stellar Shots!!
  11. Fabulous shots! That first one is stunning. I need to get back up north to the lake so I can see the stars again. No stars in the city. :Frown:
  12. WOW!! Love the night sky there!!!
  13. Lumagent Morple

    Lumagent Morple

    Feb 14, 2009
    Thanks again for the positive feedback. Jerryshenk, the background of the second image features a couple of peaks situated around Lake Irwin just outside of Crested Butte.
  14. rexv


    Jun 19, 2007
    Amarillo, TX
    I was in CB four times last year at different times and as you know, the photo ops are everywhere. However, the Milky Way shot I never saw -- guess I went to bed too early! Beautiful!
  15. menbrial


    Apr 30, 2006
    i live in Crested Butte :rolleyes: ....I dont even noticed the stars anymore:eek: :biggrin:
  16. That milky way is just amazing.:eek:  Do you mind sharing your camera settings. I would love to give that a try here up in the mtns on my next camping trip.
    Thank you so much for sharing
  17. Lumagent Morple

    Lumagent Morple

    Feb 14, 2009
    The first shot was taken at ISO 6400 and f/2.8 for only 30 seconds to avoid star trails and to keep the Milky Way blur-free. Basically you want to let as much light in as possible for a minimum amount of time. The longer the exposure is, the longer the star trails are. Thanks for your interest maraya, and good luck!
  18. The picture of the stars is incredible.
  19. MMPG1


    May 10, 2009
    Both photos are great!
    I also like the second one very much. Did you take it with the Zeiss ZF?


    Apr 30, 2005
    Spectacular Milky Way ! Congrats !
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