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Windmill will star trails

By Sulco
I have three versions of this image. It was created stacking 60 images with the zoom len set to 16mm f2.8. Unfortunately I have looked at the 3 photos and cannot decide which I prefer or how I can improve them further. I have not made many star trails and so I am not sure how best to present them. As this is a stacked image there is little EXIF data.

Tags: Windmill Star trails Night sky Landscape and travel Stacked image

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1847 England
13 Jul 2019 10:27PM
A couple of suggestions...

Straighten - I rotated two degrees for my mod.

Darken midtones (and do something about the very bright light inside the windmill - dim it, or darken in processing. A dimmer, redder light would look more natural.

Consider including the Pole Star in the image, as a second focus of the image. Maybe portrait format, if you are able to reshoot (I know it's a lot of work!)

Pretty good as it stands, though.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4237 Canada
14 Jul 2019 4:07AM
I like them all, - well done.

I tried a different crop as dudler mentions, as well as a slightly warmer look, with highlights toned down a little.

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pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2216 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2019 2:42PM
This is an attractive scene, and you have chosen something really nice to shoot with your sky.

Having gone to all the trouble of capturing so much of the star trails, Dennis, it seems a shame to crop some off, as in your second version.
Is the main subject the star trails? Or is it the windmill? Or both? Choose and present it accordingly.

In your lead image, the little building on the right is dark, which I like, but has had its tone lifted in the other 2 versions, which looks a bit muddy. But I do like the way you have brightened the lighthouse in those 2 versions.
So my choice would be your lead image, but with straightening, and brightening of the lighthouse.

14 Jul 2019 9:02PM
Thanks guys for all your comments. My goal is to show off the star trails but to have something very interesting as a foreground, hence the reason for the windmill. The owners do not want it photographed and so they have a very bright spotlight on the inside and out. So the light around the windmill is blown but I cound not do anything about that with the long exposes for the stars.

I do like Willie's crop, thanks for that as it shows the star trail and the windmill. Never thought of that way.

Interesting that you all prefer the coloured sky rather than the grey sky. I really was not sure but I did think the coloured sky added further interest to the stars.

Looking again I agree with Pamela that the hut looks muddy, thanks for that.

Thanks again for all your comments.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2019 9:11PM
It's not a subject I've ever tried, but do agree you need a subject. We see quite a few star trail shots, but often no attempt at a visually satisfying composition. I think these are well done.


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