Night photography: The Weehawken Utility truck is really a star catching device

The Weehawken Utility truck is really a star catching device -- by Joe Reifer

The Weehawken Utility truck is really a star catching device -- by Joe Reifer

Seven photos of 6-minutes at f/8 ISO 200 were stacked for a cumulative 42-minute exposure under a full moon at Paul’s Junkyard. A faint amount of light painting was used at an oblique angle down the side of the Volvo 122 on the left. The warm yellow of the desert sand against the cool cyan of the night sky was slightly enhanced using a curves adjustment in the LAB color space. This fast and effective Photoshop technique also helped bring out more hue variation in the green truck. Stay tuned for a step-by-step look at using curves in LAB. See a long exposure dark sky image of this truck.

2 thoughts on “Night photography: The Weehawken Utility truck is really a star catching device”

    1. Thanks, Klaus. This took 5-6 test shots to get the compo just right. Then I just let it cook while I helped Art light paint a nearby truck.

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