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Endless Possibility by Thomas-Koidhis Endless Possibility by Thomas-Koidhis

Re-Process and a whole hundred pixels bigger!

Common questions: 


While I have been posting larger sizes lately and while long ago I took a stance against watermarking even web based samples; while I have, to say the least, extreme views about ownership and creativity, there are limits to what I will post on-line. While the thought of others making money off my work doesn't get me THAT upset (just furrowed) I don't want to make it THAT easy on them, cause, let's face it - I don't make much. Partly cause I CBA to 'market myself' so far - nothing against those who do.

Point is, I post bigger these days cause I set them at 80 DPI for web and as I said, extreme views about 'Art.'

I won't however post them so big someone could go to a super store and have it blown up to gorgeous proportions ;) 

Is it real?


There are two versions of this photo. One that is longer and this one. I THOUGHT they were the same photo but apparently they are not. Either only the long one is a stitch, or they both are (I usually do 2-3 sweeps, especially for night time panoramas) and I suspect different software parameters partly played a role in the difference (I may have stitched only 2-3 images for one and 3-5 for the other. Maybe when I dig deep enough into my photo backups I will uncover the exact truth, because the truth right now is I just don't know!

I used a tripod can cable release. The EXIF data is missing because I now tend to save in .PNG format for web. If you have any questions about the processing or shooting techniques used here, ask!

The other version is now posted. I will link it here eventually. The NR is a little strong on the other version which partly contributes to the difference but you can see big differences between the two especially in some of the aurora shapes. 

Where is this?

About 40km from a small town called Fort Smith near the Alberta/Northwest Territories border. The waterscape is a bend of the gargantuan Slave River (a mile across on average), which runs from mid Alberta all the way into the Great Slave Lake.

The water empties from the Slave Lake and becomes the Mackenzie River, feeding into more separate lakes and rivers and underground waterways than you might imagine. Most of Canada's water, and a large portion of the worlds fresh water, can be found in this region and Canada's north in general. The Mackenzie continues northward, where it empties out into the Arctic Ocean.

The waterscape is not an ocean =P A few have made the mistake of thinking the shapes near the shore are waves. If you look closely you can see cracks in the "waves." It is just irregular shapes created on the spring ice because our melt takes several months.

Are there really that many (viewable) stars where I live in the night sky?

Technically, for the most part, yes. This photo is by my estimate effectively one stop brighter than visible with the naked eye. In complete darkness (in the absence of light from the blue spectrum), a protien called rhodopsin begins to accumulate in the rods of your eye, put simply. After about 40 minutes it reaches its peak and could be compared to raising the ISO sensitivity of a camera. This process is called dark adapting your eyes.

Combined with fully dilated pupils, the swath of the milky way and thousands of stars are visible. It is absolutely, insanely beautiful. I have been fascinated with it since I was young. I can't wait to buy a deep sky telescope.
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Given 2011-06-05
Stunning. Amazing. Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful. Surreal. Just to name a few words deviants have left on this brilliant capture. The colors, the exposure, the reflection. Simply perfect!

Endless Possibility by ~OctoberLife ( Featured by Anoya )
milkpaige Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  New member
This is amazing.  I can't believe that this view exists - with both the aurora borealis and all of those stars. Really beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
The pleasure is really mine :) Keep in mind that while you can detect nearly this many stars with the naked eye, properly dark adapted, and while aurora much more intense than this is possible, for this particular scene, this photo is just a little brighter than it would seem in person. This is for viewing purposes. It's pretty close, though, to what you can see out there.
PoisonMeForTheFuture Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Out of this world!
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Happy that you enjoy it!
Danichi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing.. I love it!! 
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Thanks for looking :)
danUK86 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   General Artist
Looks even more amazing now :nod:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Thanks dude!
danUK86 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014   General Artist
no probs!
zaboo17 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Absolutely stunning...Sometimes when you look at such beauty as this, you forget about everything else.
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