Amazing Photo Of The Milky Way Over Yellowstone's Alien Hot Springs

Amazing photo of the Milky Way over Yellowstone's alien hot springs

Briefly: NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day has an amazing picture by Dave Lane today, a 16-photo panorama of the Milky Way arching over Silex Spring, Yellowstone National Park. The amazing pool colours -- caused by bacteria thriving in the magma-heated waters -- make this look like a picture from an alien world.


    How do you take pictures like these? What sort of camera and lens do you need and which setting would you use? I'm going to Alice Springs this summer, and hope to take some awesome pics.

      I was going to say, the last time I saw a sky that full of stars is when I lived in Alice. Although that picture of the stars looks photo shopped.

      A tripod, a DSLR, and various exposures combined in photoshop to make one picture.

      This is a *really* simple explanation that won't get you anything as good as that, but it will be better than throwing your camera on auto and hitting the shutter button. Your camera will need a manual mode, where you will then want to set the aperture to let in as much light as possible (also called F stop, get it as low as possible). Set the ISO as high as you can get before you start noticing noise in your images (grain) and then set the shutter speed to about 30 seconds (any longer and your stars will drag). Obviously with this slow shutter speed you will also need to sit the camera on something, preferably a tripod. You could also experiment by 'painting' objects in the foreground with a flashlight to get them clearly in the picture.

      Like dk said, you could also take a bunch of photos with different exposures and stick 'em all together in Photoshop, but that's starting to get complicated. Hope that helped!

      Last edited 28/08/14 10:56 pm

        Teds cameras!?

          Ahaha, I had to Google that to see what it was! But no, I'm afraid not :(

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