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Penmon lighthouse on Anglesey

6 hours of photography from 23:00 to 05:00

2016 raw images, 10 second exposures @ f2.8 iso 1600, 250Gb of tiff files and a fishing trawler.

Canon 5D MkII and Canon 24mm f1.4L MkII lens

next job is to clean up the individual images to remove the aircraft

Camera:Canon 5d MKII
Lens:Canon 24mm f1.4L MkII
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Penmon Point Lighthouse - Startrail
Username:klewis klewis
Uploaded:2 Sep 2010 - 7:06 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Night / low light, Penmon point, Specialist / abstract, Star trail, Startrail, Wildlife / nature
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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 8902 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:09 PM

I admire your commitment and skill to achieve this excellent photo. Superbly done.

Alan.

PS. Are each of the 2016 shots properly exposed or do you have to sort out their exposures by sandwiching each together to gain the correct exposure?

Last Modified By Paintman at 2 Sep 2010 - 7:12 PM

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:16 PM

Outstanding dedication to the task. I always thought it was left on bulb, never realised this method and it certainly is fist class. Are the straight lines, shooting stars?
Great work
Richard

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skye1
skye1  729 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:24 PM

Fantastic photo the final image here really is outstanding to look at

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snappersue
2 Sep 2010 - 7:28 PM

Great photo....you must have loads of patience. Sue

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klewis
klewis  101870 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:34 PM


Quote: I admire your commitment and skill to achieve this excellent photo. Superbly done.

Alan.

PS. Are each of the 2016 shots properly exposed or do you have to sort out their exposures by sandwiching each together to gain the correct exposure?

Each exposure is accurate to get the star detail and some foreground detail and then they are composited together

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klewis
klewis  101870 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:35 PM


Quote: Outstanding dedication to the task. I always thought it was left on bulb, never realised this method and it certainly is fist class. Are the straight lines, shooting stars?
Great work
Richard

Most of the straight lines with red/white dots are airplane trails, the other trails are mainly iridium flares. Taking the image as one long exposure is a problem in the UK because of light pollution, using the stacking method helps counter the pollution effect.

Last Modified By klewis at 2 Sep 2010 - 7:46 PM

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:38 PM


Quote: 250Gb of tiff files

my goodness.
how long does it take to process?

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klewis
klewis  101870 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 7:43 PM


Quote: Quote:250Gb of tiff filesmy goodness.
how long does it take to process?

about an hour to convert from raw to Tiff and then a quick test with jpg files before pressing the button for the end result. Probably 8-10 hours of computer time and my pc is not slow lol

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Gary_Macleod
2 Sep 2010 - 8:08 PM

wow, stunning imagery and patience

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SAKANSH
SAKANSH  4 India
2 Sep 2010 - 8:10 PM

very nice pik but wat are these lines ..???

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klewis
klewis  101870 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 8:12 PM


Quote: Very nice pik but wat are these lines ..???

the red/white dotted lines are aircraft the rest are satelites and flares.

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emu78
emu78  4 England
2 Sep 2010 - 8:27 PM

Absolutely outstanding.

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9199 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 8:37 PM

Awesome work!
Ty

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RickyRossiter

Wow ! for both Commitment and the final result !

Ricky

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Sean_Dillon
2 Sep 2010 - 9:45 PM

Wow is a little cheap compared to the amount of work and effort youve put into this, but the more I look - I just keep coming up with WOW!
John

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 82011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 9:48 PM

total brilliance !!!!!

love it

crikey I stack in jpeg I would love to know how you stacked this

Diana

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 9:50 PM

you must have some patience wonderful sight

LInda

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cmorton
cmorton  4 Scotland
2 Sep 2010 - 10:06 PM

phenomenal effort - thank you.

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klewis
klewis  101870 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 10:15 PM


Quote: Total brilliance !!!!!

love it

crikey I stack in jpeg I would love to know how you stacked this

Diana

the freeware programme called Startrails.exe for the composite and for the timelapse video I used Adobe after effects and premiere pro.

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 82011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 10:16 PM

thank you

yep I use that too for stacking but shoot in jpeg for a stack (unless I forget)

Diana

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 542 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 10:26 PM

awesome,love it

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klewis
klewis  101870 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2010 - 10:36 PM


Quote: Thank you

yep I use that too for stacking but shoot in jpeg for a stack (unless I forget)

Diana

I could of shot in jpg but for the best quality and flexibility I normally use raw files. It gives me the freedom for printing and for time lapse videos.

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Wallybazoom
3 Sep 2010 - 12:00 AM

Amazing dedication - very well done indeed!

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2010 - 10:36 AM

What patience. Gorgeous shot. Look foreward to seeing it without the plane trails too.
Chris

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 74062 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2010 - 1:18 PM

One of the best star trails I've seen - would love to see this at 1000px. Am shortlisting

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klewis
klewis  101870 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2010 - 1:26 PM


Quote: One of the best star trails I've seen - would love to see this at 1000px. Am shortlisting

There is a much larger version on my website Smile

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SashaB
SashaB  5 Northern Ireland
3 Sep 2010 - 3:16 PM

Top marks for dedication. What an amazing result.
Frances

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Metalhead
Metalhead  71888 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2010 - 3:37 PM

Stunning effort. I love star trail images and this is by far one of the best I've seen.

Chris

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105978 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2010 - 5:50 PM

6 hours!!! Now theres dedication!!
Nice work! I managed 45 mins when I made my feeble effort!
Smile

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Alan_Coles
25 Sep 2010 - 7:38 AM

Totally awesome....and hats off to the amount of work put into this.

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