Humans vs. Cameras

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Have you ever wondered what how accurate night sky photographs are at recreating what a human eye can see?  Well, flickr user inefekt69 has decided to travel to the a spot known as The Pinnacles in Western Australia and try and capture the difference.

night sky compare

He took a 30 second exposure at f/2.8 ans ISO 3200, and took note of what he could actually see.  When he got back he did some post-processing work, adjusting the levels, and color until he got the resulting photo as close to his memory as possible.  Overall, I’d say he did a pretty good job of representing what the human eye can see, and then comparing it to what a camera lens can capture over time.

One thing I will say however is that his memory shows far too few stars.  At least, when I’ve been out to dark sky places in the Western United States, I remember the night sky being filled with stars, thousands of little pin-pricks.  That could just be the time of the year, and the position in the night sky west Utah is compared to West Australia.

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