Rajesh Jyothiswaran in Ennis, Texas....

Rajesh Jyothiswaran in Ennis, Texas….

Rajesh Jyothiswaran in Ennis, Texas....

Photo Caption: Rajesh Jyothiswaran in Ennis, Texas.

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From Rajesh about this image:

Sony a7Rii
Zeiss Batis 18mm
ISO 6400, f/2.8, varying shutter speeds)
“Cobalt hues & midnight blues”
On a beautiful Ranch in Ennis, Texas. My friends and I shot the first of many compositions here as the Milky Way rose over the hill laden with bluebonnets. A gentle cool but moist breeze blew.
Somewhere in that initial excitement of being able to shoot this scene, I found my shots were taking too long and I didn’t realize until after left this location that I had my bracketing turned on. Now that is what someone would call, a schoolboy error! In instead of one shot of 20 seconds duration, I ended up with 3 shots, 10s, 20s and 30s long.
I did not get a chance to go back and reshoot as my buddies had move on and I didn’t want to be alone in the dark. With the multiple bracketed shots, I was however able to get something out. This is a result of 12 exposures stacked for the sky. (The -1 and +1 EV shots were adjusted to 0EV in LightRoom) and 7 exposures focus stacked for the ground.
Since my friends had moved on by the time I took these shots, there was no light painting of the foreground. What you see was shot in star light. For once the “schoolboy error” of overexposing some shots helped bring out the foreground details.

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