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Setting Stars

By cceccles
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.


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

Tags: Specialist and abstract Stars Tenerife Startrails Landscape and travel Teide

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angelsj 9 12 Scotland
8 Mar 2007 5:07PM
what an amazing shot well done sj xx

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BonaFideNut 10 14 United States
8 Mar 2007 5:13PM
Awesome! The star trails look great as a background to that lone tree's silhouette.
8 Mar 2007 5:15PM
great shot. well done!! DM
Alfoto 9 Wales
8 Mar 2007 5:20PM
Super image - nice one.
Nickscape 10 708 9 England
8 Mar 2007 5:20PM
Stunning! love the simple composition with the tree centred. Perfect exposure time id say!

TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
8 Mar 2007 5:21PM
That is amazing! Super capture!

whipspeed 12 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 5:26PM
Nice shot, it is beautifully clear up there.
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 5:41PM
Dramatic and impressive.

dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 329 England
8 Mar 2007 5:50PM
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.
dr100 10
8 Mar 2007 5:52PM
great picture again Smile
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
8 Mar 2007 6:17PM
Quite wonderful and amazing! Love the foreground silhouette, it really adds dimension to this.
Hugeknot 11 1.2k 2 Iceland
8 Mar 2007 6:49PM
Great exposure. It is a miracle the tree came out so crisp.
rusmi 12 35 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2007 7:44PM
great shot, fab colours, click
8 Mar 2007 8:02PM
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!

JohnEW 9 3
9 Mar 2007 2:12AM
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.
Humph 9 1 England
9 Mar 2007 7:12PM
Wonderful, I'll be in the Canaries in a week's time - watch this space! have a good trip home.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
10 Mar 2007 7:22PM
This is a super shot. Very well spotted.
10 Mar 2007 8:52PM
Wonderful shot; my click makes 30 - congrats on RC.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2007 11:58AM
Stunning shot!
11 Mar 2007 4:11PM
Thanks everyone for all the kind comments and clicks, much appreciated! It is really motivating.
Chriscj 10 96 1 England
13 Mar 2007 8:49PM
Great exposure.

chodge987 9 20 Scotland
16 Mar 2007 10:59AM
Very cool effect with the long exposure Smile

Guillaume 9 119 2 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2007 9:43AM
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!
5 Apr 2007 5:05PM
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.
PLCimagery 10 77 1 England
13 Apr 2007 8:38AM
Very effective!
starman1 13 61 United States
25 Apr 2007 4:22PM
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.

southsnapper 10 74 United Kingdom
23 May 2007 5:36PM
Superb image, it really caught my eye.
3 Aug 2007 3:03PM
This is fantastic! Clear and crisp and very catching.

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