Photo of the Day Contest
Starry Starry Night by Perri Schelat
Monday, 5th August 2013

Starry Starry Night

by Perri Schelat

I made this when the crescent moon was setting at sunset lighting the foreground as it got lower in the sky. I focused on infinity and never touched focus again. I exposed for the foreground before the crescent moon went behind the mountain to my right. F7-5 minutes, ISO 1600. I waited for a little over an hour and exposed the same scene for the milky way. F2.8 - 20 seconds, ISO 6400. I chose to make this shot in two different exposures, so there would be less noise in my foreground. I simply made global and local adjustments in Lightroom, blended the two in Photoshop and added a few local adjustments burning and dodging.
Equipment: Nikon D3s, 14-24mm
Perri Schelat
I'm a fine art, landscape and nature photographer. I live in MIssoula, Montana, USA.

Starry Starry Night by Perri Schelat was photo of the day on Monday, 5th August 2013. It is tagged . You can leave a comment below.


5th August 2013 at 2:35 am

Congratulations Perri for your beautiful POTD and great work featured in your website.

Bill McFall

5th August 2013 at 2:59 am

Expertly exposed and composed in addition to a superlative subject. When I looked at the ripples in the overwise calm stream, I saw the optical illusion of movement. Try it out and see if you see it too.

5th August 2013 at 8:06 am

Nice foreground with leading lines to the mountains :)


5th August 2013 at 12:22 pm

Perfect in every way!


5th August 2013 at 12:25 pm



5th August 2013 at 12:34 pm

Beautiful comp today! Sky looks dreamy :)

5th August 2013 at 1:44 pm

Very nice shot!!!

Paul M

5th August 2013 at 2:49 pm

Beautiful! Nice leading line with the river, too. Great combination

Laura Milholland

5th August 2013 at 3:20 pm

A truly gorgeous image.

5th August 2013 at 4:33 pm

Great leading lines

5th August 2013 at 4:37 pm

Very nicely done!

5th August 2013 at 6:24 pm

Was this near Bend, OR?

Anne Egli

5th August 2013 at 6:53 pm

Beautiful shot, very nicely set up. Congratulations!

5th August 2013 at 8:19 pm

Beautiful photograph Perry.
I love the color and lines of the canal leading up to the mountain, pointing at the stars.
Thanks for the stats. I have never been able to get any decent starry night photographs…

6th August 2013 at 2:19 am

Terrific photo. Darkening the foreground slightly will make it more realistic.

Mario Gustavo Fiorucci

6th August 2013 at 4:59 am


Bertus J van Vuuren

6th August 2013 at 1:39 pm

WOW! I just love the picture. May I ask what “dodging” is?

6th August 2013 at 9:52 pm

It is a really great photo. But I do find it hard to assess an image like this — I’m so used to photographs being something you can trust – what I’m seeing is what the photographer saw, and I could have seen it too had I been there. When you detail the changed you made to the shot (much as I admire your technical skill), my awe at the scene diminishes a little. I could not have seen what is in this photo. And so what I first thought of as a wonder of the natural world becomes something slightly different. Don’t know if this makes sense, and I don’t want to belittle what you’ve made, which is stunning. I was just thinking. :-)

Perri Schelat

6th August 2013 at 11:41 pm

What you’re looking at in my photograph is my attempt to reproduce what you see in your natural world. Your eyes have a dynamic range that exceeds what I can record in a single exposure in my camera. When you look at the foreground your irises open and it makes it brighter, so it can be seen more clearly. When you look at the background/Milky Way your irises get smaller, so it doesn’t seem so bright. My post processing is only attempting to accomplish what you can see naturally, within the limitations of my camera. A single exposure would not have reproduced what you could have seen with your eyes if you were standing next to me. A single exposure would have produced a very dark foreground image. Because of my cameras dynamic range limitations, my result would not have been possible with a single exposure not without lifting shadows and exposing a lot of noise. Yours is certainly not the first opinion about
post processing, how much, how little, etc. People will continue to debate it and there will be purists who don’t believe in any kind of processing. I’m not a fan or your word “belittle”. I prefer to think of it as a difference of opinion.

7th August 2013 at 3:17 am

Gorgeous Perri! – congrats!

Sheila Hofer

7th August 2013 at 3:26 am

VERY VERY BEAUTFUL PERRI! so peaceful to me.

Joe Przybylo

7th August 2013 at 10:57 pm

Love the final image. You did a wonderful job blending the images together. Way to go.

9th August 2013 at 6:21 am

outstanding end result. well done

Perri Schelat

11th August 2013 at 5:19 am

Thanks Patricia


4th October 2014 at 4:29 am

Incredibly pretty

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