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20 min. time exposure of setting stars, taken on Tenerife at an altitude of about 8,000ft with Mt Teide in the background. It was a little chilly up there, which was the main factor in limiting the exposure time!

I like the way the different colours of the stars show up, hope you enjoy.

If you should visit Tenerife I would highly recommend an evening trip into Las Canadas national park. Even if it is cloudy at sea level, you can usually drive up through the clouds into clear air.

In clear weather on a moonless night, the sky up there is crystal clear and dark, with myriads of stars. The first time I went up at dusk I saw some wispy clouds form as it was getting dark, before realising it was actually the Milky Way! I've never seen it that clearly before or since. There is even a Parador hotel up at 7,000 ft which is well worth a night or two.

Chris

PS Heading back to England for a couple of weeks tomorrow, so I probably won't be posting much, see you when we return!

Camera:Pentax ME-Super Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:50mm f/2.8
Recording media:Ektachrome 400
Title:Setting Stars
Username:cceccles cceccles
Uploaded:8 Mar 2007 - 5:02 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Specialist / abstract, Stars, Startrails, Teide, Tenerife
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angelsj
angelsj  8 Scotland
8 Mar 2007 - 5:07 PM

what an amazing shot well done sj xx

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BonaFideNut
8 Mar 2007 - 5:13 PM

Awesome! The star trails look great as a background to that lone tree's silhouette.

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dale789
dale789  7 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 - 5:15 PM

great shot. well done!! DM

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Alfoto
Alfoto  8 Wales
8 Mar 2007 - 5:20 PM

Super image - nice one.
alfie

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Nickscape
Nickscape  8696 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2007 - 5:20 PM

Stunning! love the simple composition with the tree centred. Perfect exposure time id say!

Nick

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9197 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2007 - 5:21 PM

That is amazing! Super capture!

Ty

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whipspeed
whipspeed e2 Member 104047 forum postswhipspeed vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2007 - 5:26 PM

Nice shot, it is beautifully clear up there.

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viscostatic
8 Mar 2007 - 5:41 PM

Dramatic and impressive.

Phil.

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101491 forum postsdark_lord vcard England140 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2007 - 5:50 PM

Superbly done. Just shows how effective clear skies and no light pollution are for shots like this. I really like th etree as the focal point.

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dr100
dr100  8
8 Mar 2007 - 5:52 PM

great picture again Smile

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2007 - 6:17 PM

Quite wonderful and amazing! Love the foreground silhouette, it really adds dimension to this.

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Hugeknot
Hugeknot  91212 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2007 - 6:49 PM

Great exposure. It is a miracle the tree came out so crisp.

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rusmi
rusmi  1035 forum posts Italy1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2007 - 7:44 PM

great shot, fab colours, click
TOM

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 8124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2007 - 8:02 PM

Chris this is a truly amazing image! We look forward to seeing you back in the UK - I can always lend the computer if you feel withdrawal symptoms!

Mike

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JohnEW
JohnEW  7
9 Mar 2007 - 2:12 AM

Nice image, Chris, must have been a good dark site & clear skies (unlike here in sunny Manchester). Hope you have (have had) a good break in UK.
John

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Humph
Humph  7 England
9 Mar 2007 - 7:12 PM

Wonderful, I'll be in the Canaries in a week's time - watch this space! have a good trip home.
Tim.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2007 - 7:22 PM

This is a super shot. Very well spotted.
Ron

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didgpix
didgpix  8
10 Mar 2007 - 8:52 PM

Wonderful shot; my click makes 30 - congrats on RC.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1070 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2007 - 11:58 AM

Stunning shot!
Moira

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cceccles
cceccles  7 United States
11 Mar 2007 - 4:11 PM

Thanks everyone for all the kind comments and clicks, much appreciated! It is really motivating.
Chris

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Chriscj
Chriscj  896 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2007 - 8:49 PM

Great exposure.

Chris

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chodge987
chodge987  7 Scotland
16 Mar 2007 - 10:59 AM

Very cool effect with the long exposure Smile

Chris

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Guillaume
Guillaume  7119 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2007 - 9:43 AM

Beautiful capture Chris. Exposure is spot on and the silhouette works very well. I tried once to capture stars but did not succeed. Looking at your picture inspires me to give it another try during the Easter weekend!
Guillaume
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cceccles
cceccles  7 United States
5 Apr 2007 - 5:05 PM

If you try this yourself, I would suggest finding a really dark location on a moonless night, well away from towns so the sky does not fog, and use a standard lens stopped down about 1 stop to keep the stars crisp and sharp.
Chris

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PLCimagery
PLCimagery e2 Member 877 forum postsPLCimagery vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2007 - 8:38 AM

Very effective!
Pete

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starman1
starman1  1161 forum posts United States
25 Apr 2007 - 4:22 PM

Very well done and composed, goes to show that film isn't completely dead yet. You should submit this one to the Astronomy or Sky and Telescope reader galleries.

Dewey

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southsnapper
23 May 2007 - 5:36 PM

Superb image, it really caught my eye.

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JustineB
JustineB  7 South Africa
3 Aug 2007 - 3:03 PM

This is fantastic! Clear and crisp and very catching.

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