Friday, May 18, 2012

Vega, Deneb, & Altair: Playing with the Summer Triangle in Photoshop

summer triangle with labels

The summer triangle is comprised of Vega, Deneb, and Altair - the brightest stars in the constellations Lyra, Cygnus, and Aquila respectively. The triangle makes an excellent signpost for the nebular clouds of the Milky Way which supposedly streak through the center of the triangle. I wouldn't know, I've never seen the Milky Way in the night sky. 

photoshop exposure adjustments

I tried my best to clean up the image I got out of my camera, and I was fairly pleased after messing with the exposure tool for a couple minutes. Although I don't like the idea of distorting the "natural" image I get out of my camera, I think it helps to appreciate the background stars. 

summer triangle with labels

Here is the final result. A much blacker sky, and distinct stars. I wish my night sky really looked like this!

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