A Solar Corona Composite

When it comes to photographing the natural world, some people tend to get all up in arms about digital imaging, compositing, and anything they deem to be a bit too fishy to be considered "real" photography. While I appreciate their sentiments and understand where they’re coming from, sometimes they take it a bit too far and mistake their opinion for fact. (There are very few hard and fast rules about photography, after all. And there’s no accounting for taste.) Anyway, I’m digressing. The point is that just because a digital image is composited from several photographs doesn’t mean that it’s somehow become less true. In fact, sometimes combining multiple exposures is the only way to do an image justice, and make a more realistic, more factual photograph. That’s just what Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller did with his recent composite of images of the moon during a total solar eclipse. The images were composited from 40-some photographs in order to create an extra-sharp, extra-detailed, extra-realistic photographic image. This beautiful image stands alone, but it also goes a long way toward proving that sometimes digital imaging and compositing can be used to make images more realistic, not less.


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