June 20, 2013

Night Sky, Patagonia

Photograph by Max Seigal

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I hiked several hours through the night in Patagonia to find a tree I had seen a few days earlier and photograph it with the night sky.

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47 comments
Deise Marins
Deise Marins

Max, you hike was worth! Viva! Thanks for sharing with us.

Zoey M
Zoey M

I wish there wasn't so much light pollution in the world. We might see this more often. 

Trevor Taylor
Trevor Taylor

Nice shot, can almost feel like  I am there camping under the stars

Sebas Peralta
Sebas Peralta

como puedes enfocar tan perfecto en la noche..??

Oriana Lopez
Oriana Lopez

maravillosa fotografía de los cielos de la Patagonia

Thomas Payne
Thomas Payne

Absolutely stunning photograph, the green in the tree is beautiful with the backdrop.

Miranda Visaggio-Lopez
Miranda Visaggio-Lopez

One of the most BEAUTIFUL landscapes I have ever seen. Thank you so much for taking this picture, and posting it ON MY BIRTHDAY.

Amanda Six
Amanda Six

This is a fantastic shot! The image made me feel relaxed and peaceful. Do you mind if I ask what type camera or equipment you were using?

NIKOS T.
NIKOS T.

Excellent capture. Very nice.

water bird
water bird

I can imagine that this was a spirtual moment and atmosphere when Max Seigal took this photo. Amazing how a tree can conjure up the image of an old storyteller, and here it unfolds in a transition of young,middle ,old and gone....

YUAN YUAN DAI
YUAN YUAN DAI

 Never saw a sky like this before.

 So beautiful.

ujjwal kumar
ujjwal kumar

this is one of the best pictures i have ever seen....

angelo tondini quarenghi
angelo tondini quarenghi

Nice photo, but it's look highly transformed in post production by Photoshop and HDR at least. So the real magic is technology !! It' impossible otherway to balance the light of the sky with that one on the tree.

Could please Mr. Seigal tell us how he truly made this image?

All the best from Angelo Tondini Quarenghi - Italy



Xava Paredes
Xava Paredes

It's romantic. Star rain for my girlfriend

Jill Harris
Jill Harris

How is this lit?  It doesn't look like just a flash because the back part of the tree isn't lit, just the front.  And the light seems to be coming from a POV other than the shooter. 

Just gorgeous.

Kishan Sanghani
Kishan Sanghani

I loved the way lights appear on tree!
& the sky is just awesome. 

Sreejesh Kayalartheruvathu Valiyaveettil
Sreejesh Kayalartheruvathu Valiyaveettil

although the tree in this picture looks dry, the light from the camera flash reveals the true nature colour of its leafes, beautiful photos really.in looks like an oil painting - simple great picture

Alina Tarmu
Alina Tarmu

Stunning! One of my all time favorites!

Heart Beat Singh
Heart Beat Singh

AWESOME VIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAoooooooO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

max seigal
max seigal

@angelo tondini quarenghi 

I'll gladly let you know how this image was made - very little work post production as a matter of fact. This is simply a long exposure (to capture the light from the night sky) in which I used a very small flashlight to shine on the tree, just enough light for it to be visible and not a black foreground object. No HDR - the only adjustments in photoshop were minor contrast adjustments and lighting. Thanks and enjoy :)

Hugo Santos
Hugo Santos

@angelo tondini quarenghi this caption have a maximun of 30 sec of exposure maybe, so the stars dont blur. in that time you can iluminate the tree with a projector for a seconds, or maybe is the stars projecting them light.. in my opinion there's no big post production in this photo.

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