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Old 23rd October 2013, 16:02   #16
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And here comes the master . Master of writing, master of detailing planning and master of photography.

Absolutely fantastic. Nordic countries are truly beautiful to be explored. The pics of northern lights are truly magnificient!
Completely hooked up on this thread!
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Old 23rd October 2013, 16:09   #17
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Awesome pictures ! You have a very good style of writing which keeps the readers attention intact. Your travalogue makes me wonder what am I doing in this cubicle as IT labor? I should also travel places like this more often.
Keep it coming. Waiting for more
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What great pictures and writeup tsk1979 .

It was as if I was reading a visual poem.

Some amazing night shots and landscapes you have photographed there !
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Hello Tanveer,

Once again I am absolutely speechless. Spectacular pictures to start the travelogue with. But even better is the write-up on the opening post.

From the best of Leh / Ladakh to Swiss Alps, we now have a wonderful opportunity to virtually visit Norway through your lens.

I am surely looking forward to a session on effective photography & impressive writting from you someday in future.

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UNBELIEVABLE!! Just the preview of your Super Awesome pics and words was good enough to give goosebumps. It has all the ingredients for making a blockbuster, eagerly waiting for the awesome adventure!

Cheers!!
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Thanks everyone! I am glad you are liking it! Will try to be "quicker" than Sonata Europa

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Did you use a graduated neutral density filter for your wide angles? If so, which grade? And are the sunstars because of small apertures, or did you use a star-filter? Would you mind sharing the EXIF data for some of your ultrawide shots?

Congratulations again! Hope to go on a photowalk with you someday
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1. No filter used. Anywhere. I shoot RAW so I can pull exposures to a large degree. All pics have contrast and curve adjustment to some level.
2. I used F11 for the Sun star effect. As I said, absolutely no filters used for any pic anywhere on this trip.

The Sun star Ultrawides are F11 with ISO 100 or 200 and camera chooses shutter speed. I used matrix metering, but slightly underexposed.

For Aurora I experimented, and found sweet spot around 10-15 seconds at ISO 1600-3200 depending upon the intensity of the display F2.8 was used.
I use a Tokina 11-16 on my D7000

Fisheyes are with samyang 2.8 Fisheye manual focus lens mounted on the NEX-5N. Again F2.9, 8mm 10-15 second exposures at ISO 1600-3200

For some shots I needed ISO 5000.

I also took over a 1000 shots for Time lapse of Multiple Aurora and night sky and moving clouds, currently working on that too. Will share the video when done.
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Beautifully written travelogue and the pictures are simply breathtaking, especially the ones of the aurora. I am hooked to this thread.
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Great TL and photos Tanveer. Another treat for us from your lens. Needs to be rated 5* for the efforts you have put to bring this up to us.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers!
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Woah ! Simply superb pics with some crisp & intelligent narration

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or Under them
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^ Loved this pic, dont think i have seen something like this before
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Tanveer, It is really a delight to go through your words and wonderful pictures. Salute to your effort in bringing this all to the forum Rated 5 stars
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1. No filter used. Anywhere. I shoot RAW so I can pull exposures to a large degree. All pics have contrast and curve adjustment to some level.
2. I used F11 for the Sun star effect. As I said, absolutely no filters used for any pic anywhere on this trip.
Thanks a ton for all that valuable info and learnings. Do you normally use Lightroom for processing your RAWs? The Tokina 11-16 is a gem of a lens.
Amazing style of writing you have too. Truly gifted.

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Great start of another great saga. Hope this one goes faster than Sonata Europa

Getting my popcorn to sit back and enjoy!
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Wow. My jaw was wide open seeing this pics. One even greater than the previous. Totally drool-worthy!

Awaiting the rest of your journey eagerly.
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Thanks a ton for all that valuable info and learnings. Do you normally use Lightroom for processing your RAWs? The Tokina 11-16 is a gem of a lens.
Amazing style of writing you have too. Truly gifted.
I alternate between lightroom, RAwtherapee and UFRAW. No one hammer for everything I see. Fine finishing touches are done in GIMP.
I also used Dxo Trial version and liked it quite a bit, however, my ancient laptop cannot handle it, so I uninstalled as soon as the trial was over.
However, Lightroom/RAWtherapee and GIMP(UFRAW) trudge along fine.
Many of the snaps you see in these are from NEX-5N.
The ultra wides are from the Tokina.
And yes, its a gem of a lens. The best lens I ever bought.
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Loved it.
Have never read any TL like this one.
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