Jeff Dai wrote:Hi,
Yes the best way is sending RAW to all, But it's a pity that i'am traveling at Tibet now, i can't offer at this moment.
For the startrails in the water. As you know Orion always comes up sideways（azimuth is close to 90 degree). That means the left in the water is nearly vertical and right is slant.
By the way, I don't care too much about every people believe or not. Maybe i need proud of myself, as i can do the impossible of some clever guys.
No worries. I guess you can always send a link to the raw image when you come back from your trip. I must say I was a bit sceptical at first when I saw your pictures, but after thinking a bit more and following some discussions on astronomy forums I now have very little doubt about the authenticity of the image. I'm still curious to see what the raw image looks like.
This image is kind of a shock for people like me who were struggling to capture Barnard's loop on film (I started astrophotography in 1997, when I was still a teenager and before I could afford a digital camera). Seeing the loop appear on a 30 seconds exposure + its reflection in the water is a shock, showing us how far technology has moved in the past ~15 years.
I'm still surprised that the editors selected this picture and not one of your beautiful milky way pictures for the APOD. I mean, this picture directly speaks to astrophotographers. It is a great illustration of the progress made in the field. But for the general public, this will probably simply look like a noisy, not really jaw dropping picture. On the other hand, some of your milky way shots are really jaw dropping, and would probably have a great reception on the APOD. Just my 2 cents...
Hope you have a safe trip and bring back some more amazing pictures!