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The Astronomer by Alexbalix The Astronomer by Alexbalix
I venture up every other Saturday to the Onizuka visitor center where my father and I volunteer. This night was the Perseid meteor shower and hundreds of people had shown up to view the heavens. Every night we give tours of the night sky and that is what this man is doing. Overhead you can see the center of our own galaxy, the Milky Way.

Thank you so much for your recommendation and beautiful comment ~Monastor :hug: And thank you to ^KevLewis aswell for actually featuring it! :giggle:

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Camera Nikon D50
Lens Nikkor 20mm 1: 2.8
F 2.8
ISO 1600
Exposure 30 seconds
Touchup in Photoshop
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Given 2007-10-20
The Astronomer by ~Alexbalix Comment by ~Monastor "one of the most impressive astronomy-related photographs I have ever seen. It is just different. Not only does it show the unique beauty of our galaxy itself, but it also features the people admiring the beauty. The combination of humans and stellar objects in one shots creates a surreal feeling, which is further echoed by the blur caused by the movement of the observers. It is not just our world, it's the presence of it among thousands of other worlds and thousands of moments of time... all in one shot. It gives a whole new look at our existance in space." ( Suggested by Monastor and Featured by Photosbykev )
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hushpuppy669 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Very VERY VERY NICE!
I would like to ask if you would like more exposure for your artwork?  I will give a credit/link to your site if you agree.  My direct contact is LunarMeteoriteHunter@gmail.com    Thank you for your kind consideration.
Dirk Ross...Tokyo
The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News
lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com
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synax444 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
So this is exactly what you saw that night? That is fucking nuts. Fuck light pollution.
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Iron-Keyboard Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
what a beautiful sight to behold:eager:...CURSE YOU LIGHT POLLUTION!!!:cries:
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Jake1313 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
I love this shot; everything it says in the DD is completely true. One question though: what do you think of the 20mm lens? I've been looking at one.
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sidh09 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely brilliant!!!
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :highfive:
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avalanchepark Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
wonderful vision of the astronomer immersed in the heavens they study
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, it looks like he's fishing for stars - fantastic.
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yea but they never bite...
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Be fun if you could catch a star. ;)
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
As fun as catching a nuclear blast ;p
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Well, if we're being literal....sigh. That was a good one. :)
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emiltschmidt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007   Photographer
Blurry, noisy and so on, this is great.
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:iconalexbalix:
Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks?
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emiltschmidt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007   Photographer
Thanks yeah, it was meant as a compliment.
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Chexed Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool!
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
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PaulineFrench Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's absolutely incredible. I don't think you need advanced critique on this. I want to see the sky this clear. I didn't even know you could see the milky way from earth like that.

Dear god, I hope you have plain shots of the sky in your gallery. I want to oogle some more over them.
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!

I am sorry I don't have many other shots of the sky in my gallery. I am working on a project that would let me take longer exposures without getting star trails. I hope to get more images in my gallery after that.
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Monastor Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Not a problem ;)
The DD is well deserved. I couldn't help but suggest it :)
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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Hideki101 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
Wow. That is just an awe inspiring picture of the sky. nice work
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :hug:
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4u4ia Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007   Traditional Artist
Love this image! Grear work!
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :hug:
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projectvxn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
I fisrt saw this and thought...It's a really high rez eagle nebula(The I saw galactic center and realized that wasn't it.)...And then I saw a guy fishing for stars... Then I realized it was blurred people looking up and what appeared to be the nebula and the fishing pole turned out to be a meteor and a guy looking up...This whole process took about 15 minutes..And Now I'm just laughing at myself and enjoying your great shot.
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
The meteor you mentioned is actually a laser he is using to point out the stars and constellations hehe. Thank you for enjoying my image :hug:
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DarkStarRising Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
And this is why i love living in a place now that virtually has no lights on a night, and a nice mountain next door to star gaze on!
BEAUTIFUL!!
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :hug:
I know how you feel, clear skies (and a nice mountain) played a big roll in moving to were I am.
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the-owieczka Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007   Traditional Artist
that looks wonderful.
the Universe is just amazing... ;]
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It really is...
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TourqeGlare Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Was the milky way photoshoped?
If it was not, then I need to get the hell out of orange county!
Stupid Los Angeles light pollution...
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Only minimal photoshop such as noise reduction, curves, and sharpening. Absolutely no post shot composition change.

Don't feel bad, we are the exception to the rule concerning skies. We are lucky to have some of the worlds clearest skies.
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flowkradd Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
i love it, but perhaps using a low flash would have given you a more stable image of the person (blur around it would be unavoidable unless you pestered them to become statues) but it would be a clearer figure against the sky, and you could either use a red filter on the flash or photoshop to get the same cool colour
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:

I try not to interfere with anything I photograph, unless its still live that is. A flash of any kind during the star gazing would be quite rude and would result in brightening the foreground. I might try to play with a re shoot sometime but the season this year has already passed. Thanks for the critique.
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flowkradd Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
cool, but at lowest power a flash could just add the stability the foreground lacks.

how is a flash going to mess up star gazing? unless other people were taking long exposures at the same time a flash would only light up the area for a fraction of a second, it wouldnt bounce around the sky like the constant lights of a city and make it impossible to see the stars.

as long as u didnt do it over and over again and piss people off lol. anyways nice shot
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
One word, Night Vision. Oh crap thats two words. Well my point is that your eye takes a long time to get adjusted to low light and even a short flash can bring your eye back to square one.
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flowkradd Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
true, you arnt pirates with eye patches
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
But we could be. Hmm......
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flowkradd Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
there you go, hand out eye patches
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lovexjunkie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely magical! I'm glad you got the DD, so I can see this!
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you and your welcome :highfive:
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lovexjunkie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Anytime, your gallery is waaay gorgeous!
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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lovexjunkie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
But I'm curious, why do you do astrophotography anyway. Its not common, is the because of your location or something?
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Well for one, I have never been much of a fan of the common. Also I love astronomy, so I started volunteering at the VIS. Of course I also love photography, and with spending so much time up at the VIS the two naturally merged.
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lovexjunkie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahh that would only make sense I guess. Wish we had something like the VIS here :( I dont even get to see the stars in this polluted city.
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Equinox77 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007   Digital Artist
wow this is amazing, i would like to learn about astronomy, never knew u cud see skys like that on earth! i wud like to learn more
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Alexbalix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
I believe the heavens contain the most beautiful natural wonders in this universe. Its not hard to get started in astronomy, you get a chance to explore the wonders every night. Many places have local astronomy clubs, do some research.
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