when you overexpose night photos and you have a lot of moon light and no artificial light you get pictures which look like they are taken on a sunny day - just with stars.

@bsod Wow. That's amazing. Do you have any more of these?

@ster unfortunately I've got not a lot of these. At most places you just get pictures with yellowish-orange sky instead.
these two pictures from the same evening are a bit similar but not as impressive as the original one I suspect.

@bsod funny how you can see the stars are a bit blurry. I’m assuming that’s from the rotation of the earth!

@stevenleeg yes, it's a 40 second exposure. if you expose even longer, for like a few minutes, you get these star trail photos (haven't got any of these unfortunately - maybe I'm not patient enough).

@bsod Wow!!! And the colors? Do you get then naturally or is there any postprocessing regarding that?

@xiroux I did some post processing on the picture but not a lot. nothing regarding the color.
the reason why people don't see color in the night is because they have 2 kinds of light sensitive cells in the eye and the ones which can sense color are only used when you have lots of light and there are monochrome ones used in low light scenarios. the camera has only a color sensor so it does see colors even at night (but needs lots of light for it)

@bsod Maybe this is how vampires see the night. 🤔😁

@bsod whoa hang on, how do you get the color range? moonlight, being reflected off a greyson surface, doesn’t have full spectrum does it?

@amy it does. it's just regular sunlight reflected by something gray (the moon). you just can't see it usually and aren't used to it as humans can't see color in low light.

@bsod That looks really cool! I've tried doing that in the past but it didn't come out half as well as yours.

@bsod New rule. ALL photos containing the sky must be taken using this method from this point forward.

@bsod this is pretty amazing, if you hadn't explained I wouldn't have noticed the stars in the sky.

@bsod wow! really? Is this picture taken like that? What time was it when you took it?

@jorge yes, the text was more like an explanation to the image (as most people don't notice the stars on first look)
the image was taken at 23:50 (or 11:50 PM if you prefer this kind of time format ;) )

@bsod @knittenkitten I have taken quite a few long exposures at night and yes you can create great images. But I have never seen anything like the attached before. Trying to see if someone is pulling a fast one. The shadows on the ground look to sharp. The exposure is not that long as can be seen from "stars" movement to generate this brightness & sharpness at the same time.

image data was as follows: 42sec @ f/4.1, ISO 1600 @ 20mm (mft, crop 2)
i can upload the raw if you like. ;)

@bsod I was so surprised when I found out! It's fantastic!

@bsod The only thing that gives it away (and makes it even more beautiful) are the stars.

I experimented with that as well at some point, taking pictures of roses.

@bsod it looks like the reverse of the old "film in the day and dim it in post to make it look like night" thing that old TV shows seemed to do!


That's amazing! I would have thought the white balance would be very different, eg far cooler...

@bsod and the stars look as if it’s just film grain. (Beautiful photo, and great tip!!! Thanks!)

Inspires me to get out of town for a couple nights and go camping. Once the smoke clears, that is!

@Unairedspecifics nothing particularly fancy.
An Olympus OM-D E-M10 (Mark I) with the standard 14-42mm Lens

@pokey @bsod Yes, this picture is real.
When the moon is bright, it is possible to take pictures of such landscape.

@bsod Movie crews sometimes do the opposite to film night scenes during the day. Adjusting shutter speeds to reduce exposure times results in a dimly-lit look even in broad daylight, except that hard shadows can be a dead giveaway.

Very nice. The giveaway would be the star streaks I guess. The length of which should reveal the exposure time, no?

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