Star View – Berlin, Germany – Markus Studtmann
The frame can make the image. In this case the buildings create a perfect frame for the night sky. Now all we need is a shooting star or satellite to fly by for the perfect image. Oh well, that may take a lifetime, so this is pretty spectacular in its own right. To find out how Markus created it please read his story below and then visit his website at www.paintingwithlight.de portfolio on www.500px.com/ulfff .
This image was taken at the ‘Hackesche Hoefe’ in Berlin. I like this location a lot, but most of the day and the evening it is way too crowded with people there to confidently set up a tripod in the middle of this tight space. Therefore I took this image at midnight. I set up my tripod in the middle of the patio with a Canon 5D and a 17mm Tilt-Shift lens on it. Then I figured out with a few test shot the best exposure (4 seconds) at an aperture of f8.0 and saved it in manual mode. To get a wider field of view, I took not only a straight image, but shifted the lens in 12 different directions and got as a result 13 images in raw-format. I converted these images without much processing in Adobe Lightroom in tiffs, imported and merged them in Photoshop and then tried to find the best crop. What followed was a two hour trial and error Adobe Photoshop session with a lot of minor corrections of curves, exposure, color, contrast, sharpness and local dodge and burn to get the look I had in mind. At this point, I had an almost black and boring sky, because ISO 100 + f8.0 + 4s exposure is not enough to reveal enough star lights. Therefore I blended a second image from the nightsky of vienna I took a few weeks ago over the original black sky and that’s it
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