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andy210966 9 4 119 Wales
24 Jan 2009 10:52AM
This is a fantastic image! It is something I haven't tried yet but when I do if it turns out half as good as this I will be overjoyed!!

Great subject matter to help carry the image and the light painting is inspired!

Top shot - just love it!


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pmorgan 10 217 13 England
24 Jan 2009 10:54AM
Nice lot of space at the top for the title - think this could be another cover winner Gary!!!!

JohnParminter 10 1.3k 14 England
24 Jan 2009 10:54AM
I think its a fab example Gary, your patience and skill has paid off here tremendously.
Andy_H 8 England
24 Jan 2009 10:55AM
Great shot. I can imagine its hard to get right. Do you need to take a few exposures to get the centre of the stars in the right place?
DeSilver Plus
9 14 12 England
24 Jan 2009 10:57AM
A great image. Looks like its worked very well especially as you say that this is your first attempt.
I like the way you have illuminated the underside of the capping stone. Stunning. Smile

User_Removed 10 485 13 England
24 Jan 2009 11:06AM
for me this is probably your best work ever mate, and that is saying something coming from a gallery that is consitently high. Utterly brilliant and if this doesn't get EC or whatever they want to call it nowadays then it will be an injustice.

I can't praise this work highly enough mate

MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 11:12AM
Very interesting result, clever stuff I think
tumienis 12 2 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 11:13AM
Looks amazing! It was definetly worth of doing it! Exceptional photograph...
dandeakin 9 209 3 England
24 Jan 2009 11:25AM
Very impressive. Excellent
garymcparland 10 338 3 Northern Ireland
24 Jan 2009 11:30AM
Thanks a lot everyone Smile

I took a few 4 or 5 min test exposures at the start to help find Polaris Andy. So it sort of determined my composition.

Hugeknot 12 1.2k 2 Iceland
24 Jan 2009 11:36AM
Excellent work!
MarkBroughton 9 286 1 England
24 Jan 2009 11:56AM
Fabulous job Gary, probably the best star trail shot I have seen
G73photography 10 417 15 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 11:58AM
love this effect and still yet to try it. great fg interest as well as the sky too, G
MrsS 10 4.5k 18 England
24 Jan 2009 12:30PM
Fabulous, Gary - - you would never think this was the first time you'd tried this! Smile

Fran x
24 Jan 2009 12:32PM
Been thinking of having a try at something like this for a while, but it's always too cold!!!

Fantastic shot, patience and effort put in alone are worthy of praise.

Could definitely see this as a book cover or something similar.

Gaz_H 10 150 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 1:38PM
garymcparland 10 338 3 Northern Ireland
24 Jan 2009 2:22PM
Thanks very much guys & thanks Mark for your award, much appreciated Smile

conrad 12 10.9k 116
24 Jan 2009 3:16PM

Quote:it is quite difficult to get right

Which makes this quite an accomplishment. Brilliant image - "well done" is an understatement!!!
User_Removed 15 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 3:20PM
Admiration for the time and effort that has gone into achieving this as well as for the conception
24 Jan 2009 3:41PM
Stunning shot.
MikeH 12 217 4 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 3:54PM
Well executed image, a real stunner,

Andycln 9 26 3 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2009 6:28PM
A stunner indeed. I think you have inspired many people to have a go at this type of shot.
greatdog 9 21 England
24 Jan 2009 6:33PM
Wow!great image,Dane.
garymcparland 10 338 3 Northern Ireland
24 Jan 2009 8:16PM
Thanks everyone and thanks for the HC Smile Smile

24 Jan 2009 8:32PM
Amazing work Gary, a true testament to your skill and love of landscape photography. Where you using a cable release for the bulb exposures? Great idea painting the under-side of the Dolmen, very creative. Was that Proleek by any chance?
Very well done. Danny.
DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
24 Jan 2009 10:13PM
Fab ....
zimac 8 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2009 1:46AM
Wow wow wow = some envy because I read up on how to do a shot like this where you trail the stars. I have not had the chance to try out this tecnique.
I actually saw most photos like this but with the north star behind the object. But actually can say that this is great with the North star away from the stones because it gives a strang sense of direction towards the North star.
Really well done. I hope to find the opportunity to do a photo like this.
Insiration. Thanks
GrahamNobles 9 9 4 England
25 Jan 2009 6:56AM
Bloomin' good effort!
Morgs 8 20 62 Wales
25 Jan 2009 8:54AM
I echo everything that's been said already. This is one of the best star trails that I have seen. Was there a moon that night that lights the ground and dolmen with you adding the light underneath with the torch?
I've got a couple of subjects in mind in my local area and would love to get even slightly close to this quality!


Tandberg Plus
13 1.2k 2 England
25 Jan 2009 9:30AM
Gets my vote
Well done on the shot......

Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
25 Jan 2009 1:26PM
you got the north star in the right place and I love the popping of the strobe under the stones too to finish it all off

JouŠo 12 56 Finland
25 Jan 2009 7:15PM
amazing shot!!!

25 Jan 2009 8:27PM
Bloody cooooool ...............

Fisher2 9 1 Ireland
25 Jan 2009 9:44PM
Superb Gary nothing safe now!!!
garymcparland 10 338 3 Northern Ireland
25 Jan 2009 11:57PM
Thanks for all your kind comments everyone and for your User Award Angie, much appreciated Smile


David, the light on the ground was lights at the end of a driveway leading to someones house. i was out in the countryside and didnt think that i would have a problem with street lighting but i think now it actually adds to the overall effect.

Danny, it was Ballykeel Dolmen.
Sconz 9 9 1 Ireland
26 Jan 2009 11:20AM
Well done Gary the effort paid off. Here's your 100!!

26 Jan 2009 8:27PM
super work gary well done
Metalhead 9 1.9k 2 England
27 Jan 2009 12:27PM
Pretty amazing stuff. Not sure how I missed seeing it in the galleries as I love star trail images. Really should get myself out one weekend while we still have the long winter nights.

Well worth every second of effort you've put in to this one.
mhaseman 10 608 1
3 Feb 2009 2:58PM
Love it. Adding the light painting is wonderful and the start trails as part of the composition are perfect. Cheers, Martin
Ridgeway 10 222 2 Ireland
12 Feb 2009 10:16AM
This works great,alot of work by the sounds of it,
I think it's paid of,,
NIce one,
redstag 11 100 15 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2009 9:15AM
You've done this superbly well, especially the torch work.
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2009 9:18AM
amazing - love it

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