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Published: November 7, 2011
Composite image
out of 3 exposures
sky, moon and buildings
Windows lit from inside using flash with different color gels

Thank you all for your comments and favs
with huge thanks to ^MC-Frizzle for featuring my second DD

I'll try to answer to as many questions you asked here as I can:

Making of "Haustor"
pronounced: /ˈhaʊs.tor/ ;)
in Serbian and Croatian language its a slang for building entrance

I was helping my friend [link] to make his stunning image Escape from the city [link]

Once we where done. I tried to make an urban stratrail image on the same location by stacking multiple exposures.

unfortunately bad atmospheric conditions combined with light polluted sky delivered sad result with only single star bright enough to create nice trail in the sky.
Result you can see here: [link]

Its stack out of 4 (10min)exposures during one windows where lit from from inside with multiple flashes form Canon 58EXII flash using a different color gel for each store.
During second exposure outside of the building was slightly lit with LED from my mobile phone(bluish shadows of terrace)
Third was the same but without any intervention.
and finally for the fourth I opened the aperture a bit to let more ambient light in.

In post processing after I exhausted all possibilities of photoshop to extract more starlight from the original image. I decided to try making composite.

I took a piece of sky from my image "Space truckers" [link]
5DmkII/15mm fisheye/30sec/f2,8/iso4000
Masked the sky from original image and blended them together.

Result was still lacking that Wow punch(to justify making a composite in my eyes) so next step was adding moon from one of many simple moon exposures that I had in my Lightroom library.

After that only thing left was adding several transparent/white circular gradients to simulate moon shine on the sky blending it all together and finishing PP.

P.S. Taken in Belgrade city center, one cold November night
Image size
602x900px 603.59 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
104/1 second
Focal Length
15 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Nov 5, 2011, 3:06:47 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Sensor Size
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littlevillagewolfStudent Digital Artist
woah that's amazing!!
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AlexandriaDiorProfessional Digital Artist
This has been featured here: [link]
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ArgolithHobbyist Photographer
Amazing composition and colors. By the way, in German the word Haustor is the proper word (not a slang expression) for building entrance. I didn't know that it was in Serbian and Croatian.
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AFineWarHobbyist General Artist
This picture has been featured in Wonderful World V
I hope you give it a look :heart:
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Gorgeous shot! Very impressive and a brilliant perspective!
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Neat! 8D
COLOREDINLOVEHobbyist Digital Artist
You DD was well earned and you are so talented and created a wonderful work of art! Congratulations!!
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TheBlackPancakeHobbyist Photographer
Beautiful picture.
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wow... masterpiece!
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MistyTableau Photographer
Hi!.. :aww:
Featured here : [link]
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KevinBurris Traditional Artist
way beyond photography... I'm stunned.
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Your beautiful work is featured in our group's weekly feature :iconsoulcollectors: :hug:
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gosnayProfessional Photographer
wow! well done :clap: worth every effort!
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breathinfreedomHobbyist Photographer
Really amazing picture with all the details, the moon, the night, the fabolous perspective :)
Congrats ^^
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I adore it! :D
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iennisitaHobbyist Digital Artist
I just :heart: the perspective. Wonderful, great work.
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XtreamCrazyHobbyist Digital Artist
The perspective is simply amazing. And the mood is peaceful, yet the content is busy. Fantastic!
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trinacobrajetHobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, how I love shots like this. beautiful.
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SabinerichProfessional General Artist
Wow Great shot! I just love it! :) Makes one feel like they are lying there looking up.
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Snuffles379Student General Artist
Not only is this a brilliant piece but I have to say thanks so much for explaining your process in the description! It's great to have a featured artist go into detail and answer questions, I'm always surprised how rarely it happens.

Once again really successful composition and piece!
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ideoteqaProfessional General Artist
I second that, BRAVO. It's such a beautiful picture. Out of this world.
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