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As it was a clear evening I shot off over to Fox House to shoot my first proper star trail. I had two practice runs over the last week in the garden, but decided I needed a sodium free zone for my first real star trail.
This was shot on the Olympus EP2 with the 14-42mm lens and the Fisheye converter attached.
It's 66 photos, each 60 seconds long, stacked using a Photoshop Action.
I plan to shoot lots of star trails over the winter.

Brand:Olympus
Camera:Olympus Pen E-P2
Lens:Olympus 14-42mm II (FF equiv: 28-84mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Star trail
Username:Pete Pete
Uploaded:19 Oct 2011 - 11:36 PM
Tags:Fox house, Landscape / travel, Night sky, Star trail, Trees
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JeNGaL9
JeNGaL9  4 Canada1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2011 - 11:39 PM

I've been wanting to do this for a long time now.....Great job!!!!!

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bothybagger
19 Oct 2011 - 11:44 PM

great shot,ive wanted to try this as well,what film speed rating did you use?Smile

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318461 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2011 - 11:50 PM

Thanks

ISO 100

It seems 20- 30seconds is good for town stars as the light pollution tends to brighten things up. But out jn the wild you need 60seconds. I shoot at f/4 although these are at f/3.8.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 12:27 AM

It's impossible to get this sort of shot from within the city........have tried and the b/g becomes a muddy orange/brown with relatively few star trails captured.
This looks to be a very fine effort.....well done.
Ronnie.

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TonyFrith
TonyFrith  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 7:08 AM

I hope you have plenty of clear sky's to do some more great shots
Tony

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 7:18 AM

Brilliant!

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 8:05 AM

impressive

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RobboB
RobboB e2 Member 778 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
20 Oct 2011 - 8:17 AM

Impressive. Must give this a go
Cheers
Rob

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paddyman
paddyman  566 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Oct 2011 - 8:24 AM

Nice one Pete,i like the two plane trails and can i see a meteor entering the earths atmosphere, I will be doing a few of these this winter..
Alec.

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AshTree
AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 8:42 AM

A really good result, Pete, I'm impressed - reckon we'll be seeing more of these from you over the coming months!
Theresa

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 8:59 AM

Got some good star trails in this Pete
Well worked
Regards Richard

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gingerdelight
20 Oct 2011 - 9:44 AM

Wow! Your own personal firework display! Very well done Pete, this is beautiful!
Carol

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 10:27 AM

Nice one, Pete....jealous! Wink

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cirrusminor
cirrusminor e2 Member 6380 forum postscirrusminor vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 1:21 PM


Quote: Thanks

ISO 100

It seems 20- 30seconds is good for town stars as the light pollution tends to brighten things up. But out jn the wild you need 60seconds. I shoot at f/4 although these are at f/3.8.

In my experience, if you're out in the sticks, away from light pollution, a stack of 30sec exposures is ideal.
You have to factor in the position and light from the moon and atmospheric conditions also.
I favour ISO200, f4 - f5.6.... Also try lighting the foreground during either the first or last exposure.

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Pete
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20 Oct 2011 - 2:45 PM

Yes your ISO200 at 30sec is same as my ISO100 at 60sec. So we're singing off the same hymn sheet. just my way you don't have to shoot and stack so many photos and there's slightly less noise Smile
I like the idea of lighting the subject - I did take a small torch but the subject was too far away to light well.

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 2:52 PM

What are you using to stack, Pete? You mentioned Photoshop...is that CS5? Or an earlier version?
Did you reduce opacity of any of the 66 layers...or keep them all at 100%? My guess would be 100% for all to get adequate trails.

I also did a star-trail trial (try saying that after five glasses of wine! Wink) on my recent Cornish trip, which will make an appearance at some point - not as accomplished as this is, alas! Smile

Bill

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Pete
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20 Oct 2011 - 3:38 PM

I used CS5 but any version that allows actions and batch conversion will work. There's a star trail action you can download which does the merges automatically. I was playing around manually last week and found the lighten mode keeps all the data from other areas the same (at 100) and allows the star to shine through on each layer

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cirrusminor
cirrusminor e2 Member 6380 forum postscirrusminor vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 3:39 PM

I disagree Pete, cus the stars are moving... but hey, there is no rule book Wink

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SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 4:21 PM

I commend your patience and application and you've turned out a very impressive capture.
Chris

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chase
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20 Oct 2011 - 5:36 PM

Now what you need are some nice rusty Cows Wink
Good trails but I think you do need something else in the fg for a bit of extra interest Pete.

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paulcr
paulcr  101536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 5:45 PM

SOmething thats on my list of things to try. Just might give it a go some frosty, clear night. Paul

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Wooly
Wooly  9112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2011 - 6:12 PM

Pleasure to make this 30 Pete. Smile

Been going to give this a go for ages now but never got round to it. There is a nice program called StarTraX I was going to try.

Alan

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20 Oct 2011 - 7:32 PM

A very interesting shot Pete

It'll be NASA nextWink

Adrian

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Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2011 - 4:39 PM

Mmmm what a great project for the winter months

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zanzibarwinds
21 Oct 2011 - 4:55 PM

Nice effect Pete, makes me dizzy though

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jasonrwl
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21 Oct 2011 - 10:24 PM

Wow! Impressive.

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Mavis
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22 Oct 2011 - 8:54 AM

"Catch a falling star & put it in your pocket "Wink Nice one Pete. I did do this on Film many year's ago but I didn't have a fish eye lens to hand. I like this very much xx

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maggie9  645 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2011 - 8:10 PM

cosmic!

maggie

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29 Oct 2011 - 1:12 PM

Looking forward to more of these if they are all as good as this.

David

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Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2011 - 9:05 PM

Really good Pete -

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