The NLC image on July 7 Astro Pic of the Day: apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap180707.html is impressive, but I think it should be classified as an artistic composite rather than a picture.
Does Ruslan Merzlyakov post here? I am interested in how he generated it. I do multi-hour composites and time-slices, which can be quite effective, but I always advertise them for what they are. I also support playing with contrast, brightness, gamma, bracketed HDR to help the image match our visual experience.
But there are a few too many issues in this image that rub me the wrong way: - the sky gradation just doesn't look natural; - how is the ground being illuminated? Limited flashlight/torch painting is okay to some extent - why is there orange twilight on the left, when the pink clouds are lit from the right?
Regards, Alister. P.S. Good NLC season so far from Alberta Canada.
Personally I really like that image and it looks nice n natural to me - looks like he's used a gradient darkening of the top left corner which is quite obvious though.
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An example of a 6 shot panorama before and after raw processing: