Dehowie From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 1044 posts, RR: 38 Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4322 times:
Now that is photography..
Keeping the camera still is easy keeping the aircraft from rolling and keeping the stars stationary was the hard part.
Flown that route a few times now and once in this aircraft and smooth conditions a shot like this needs are few and far between.
vishaljo From India, joined Aug 2006, 440 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4050 times:
^ Well blur in the sky would be a non-issue due to it being as away as the Milky Way, so not much would change in 5 seconds if the a/c was flying smooth, which seems like it was as the winglet area is rock steady.
Sure keeping a heavy apparatus like the D3s + 14-24 steady for 5 seconds would've been a task i'm curious in knowing.
Also, i would like to say that after a LONG break come along a photo that makes you dream, you long for it in its absence, then you somehow lose the expectation, which is when BOOM! it comes to Thrill you
iamlucky13 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4023 times:
An A330 at high altitude, over the open ocean on a clear night - that's a good recipe for smooth air. Brace the camera against the window firmly to steady it, and cover it with a blanket to kill reflections, and I could see him getting good results from a handful of multiple shots taken.
Even so, there's hints of blur in the stars if you look close, which is not intended to detract at all from the awesomeness of his photo. It simply helps illustrate how difficult this shot is.
JakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4732 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3998 times:
I think a little micro-blur is expected and easily forgiven here. Perhaps luck played a huge part (doesn't it always in photography?) but praise where praise is due - great work, however lucky the circumstances might have been.
JohnR From Bahrain, joined Nov 2005, 22 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3994 times:
That photo was taken over the Tasman Sea which on that particular sector is at about 3:00 am when the cabin service is over and the interior lights are off so it would have been fairly dark inside making it easier to deal with reflections. This incredible photo has inspired me to do some star gazing next time i fly that sector! Very well done.
soon7x7 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 2796 posts, RR: 14 Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3969 times:
Didn't know the "Atlantis" had winglets!...My jaw dropped upon seeing this image. While I'm no stranger to hand held time exposures in static aircraft, seated in an airliner seat, trying to wedge yourself tightly in the seat and sure up the camera for a handheld time exposure is most difficult...the shot is an eyegrabber. How high was his ISO?...a wide angle lens does help reduce relative motion blur in such a shot. Author should enter in AV/WK's annual contest. Great use of the camera...g
yes indeed, and it's a great result. That's real photography. It's probably the most inspiring shot I've seen in ages on here - it's more inspiring for me than a hundred photos from ATC towers or air-to-air shots from Skyvans.
Pretty high, but to be honest, 12800 is actually really easy with the D3s. 20,000 ISO is also quite good. Kevin Kowsari is a pretty good photographer - and that's the bit that matters, not the camera - although it helps to have a D3s.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 18): I also wonder.. Amazing what technology can do these days!
Maybe 1D Mk. IV might manage it, but I don't know what its noise is like at ISO12,800. The Nikon is really good at that ISO. It only starts to get difficult at above ISO20,000.
iamlucky13 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3754 times:
Quoting McG1967 (Reply 21): I bet we all try stuff like this now on longhaul or overnight flights.
No good photo goes un-imitated, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
None of the future attempts, however, are likely to get the 45,000 views in 2 days that Mr. Kowsari's has. He put it to pixels first.
It's nigh on impossible to shoot something original these days, what with tens of millions of SLR's out there, and tens of millions of people clicking away like monkeys trying to produce the works of Shakespeare...err...Adams...
...but this is as original as anything I've seen on this site in a while.
However, you don't have to worry about me being one of the multitudes of imitators - I never get a window clean enough to be worth trying.