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JeNGaL9 6 1 Canada
19 Oct 2011 11:39PM
I've been wanting to do this for a long time now.....Great job!!!!!

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19 Oct 2011 11:44PM
great shot,ive wanted to try this as well,what film speed rating did you use?Smile
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
19 Oct 2011 11:50PM
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.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
20 Oct 2011 12:27AM
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.
TonyFrith 9 3 6 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2011 7:08AM
I hope you have plenty of clear sky's to do some more great shots
Tony
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2011 7:18AM
Brilliant!
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2011 8:05AM
impressive
RobboB Plus
9 111 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2011 8:17AM
Impressive. Must give this a go
Cheers
Rob
paddyman 7 66 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2011 8:24AM
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.
AshTree 7 1.7k 6 England
20 Oct 2011 8:42AM
A really good result, Pete, I'm impressed - reckon we'll be seeing more of these from you over the coming months!
Theresa
Richsr Plus
9 90 223 England
20 Oct 2011 8:59AM
Got some good star trails in this Pete
Well worked
Regards Richard
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2011 9:44AM
Wow! Your own personal firework display! Very well done Pete, this is beautiful!
Carol
BillyGoatGruff 9 191 199 England
20 Oct 2011 10:27AM
Nice one, Pete....jealous! Wink
cirrusminor 8 380 3 England
20 Oct 2011 1:21PM

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.
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
20 Oct 2011 2:45PM
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.
BillyGoatGruff 9 191 199 England
20 Oct 2011 2:52PM
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
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
20 Oct 2011 3:38PM
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
cirrusminor 8 380 3 England
20 Oct 2011 3:39PM
I disagree Pete, cus the stars are moving... but hey, there is no rule book Wink
SlowSong Plus
8 6.3k 29 England
20 Oct 2011 4:21PM
I commend your patience and application and you've turned out a very impressive capture.
Chris
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
20 Oct 2011 5:36PM
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.
paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
20 Oct 2011 5:45PM
SOmething thats on my list of things to try. Just might give it a go some frosty, clear night. Paul
Wooly 10 112 4 England
20 Oct 2011 6:12PM
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
tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2011 7:32PM
A very interesting shot Pete

It'll be NASA nextWink

Adrian
Glynn 10 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2011 4:39PM
Mmmm what a great project for the winter months
zanzibarwinds 12 205 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2011 4:55PM
Nice effect Pete, makes me dizzy though
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2011 10:24PM
Wow! Impressive.
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
22 Oct 2011 8:54AM
"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
maggie9 7 45 2 Scotland
24 Oct 2011 8:10PM
cosmic!

maggie
29 Oct 2011 1:12PM
Looking forward to more of these if they are all as good as this.

David
Suehh 9 39 6 England
25 Nov 2011 9:05PM
Really good Pete -

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