The Castle, MilkyWay and Cloud Reflections over Wellington Lake, Park County, Colorado

The Milky Way peaks out from behind clouds over The Castle, casting reflections on Wellington Lake in Park County, Colorado. This is mosaic of 21 images – over the time it took to capture all the frames, the clouds motion created an interesting blur.

The original is very large – 9398 x 11095 pixels, ideal for very large prints available here

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The Castle,MilkyWay and Cloud Reflections over Wellington Lake, Park County, Colorado

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Technical details:

Canon 5D Mark III with a Rokinon 24mm 1.4 at F/2.0. Twenty one 30 second exposures at ISO 3200.  I have had bad experience with strong magenta casts in the shadows with Photoshop ACR. I have found a way around this – first convert the RAW files to tiffs with IrfanView then stitch the tiffs into a mosaic in Photoshop CS6.

Once the mosaic was put together, I made several adjustments in Photoshop using gradient filters to bring up the reflection and tone done the sky background and various selective adjustments (Select -> Color Range, levels, curves & color balance) to increase contrast in the clouds and reduce their yellowness.

2 thoughts on “The Castle, MilkyWay and Cloud Reflections over Wellington Lake, Park County, Colorado

  1. Pingback: Deep, Wide Milky Way from Cassiopeia to Cygnus | Photography by Dean Rowe

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