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Postby hoohaa » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:24 am

Anyone do these?

I've been itching to learn and I went out tonight and shot a few. I like the output, but I think I can definitely improve greatly. I need to learn about focusing in the dark and just seeing what else I can do to improve.

I look at some star trail images on Flickr and am amazed. I'm by far not there yet.

If anyone does these, do you have any tips for a newcomer to star trails? Advice? Etc.? I love night photography and this is taking it to a new level for me. Any help is appreciated.

Here's two that I shot tonight:

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Star trail attempt

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Star trail attempt

I'm hoping I'll get more chances to shoot these and improved as the summer continues on!
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Re: Star trails

Postby Kelly » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:51 am

Those are fantastic for a first attempt, P.J.!
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Re: Star trails

Postby Matt » Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:29 pm

hell yeah! Wonderful. How long of an exposure?
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Re: Star trails

Postby hoohaa » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:37 pm

The top one was about 16 minutes; the bottom was about 21 minutes.
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Re: Star trails

Postby Kelly » Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:26 am

did you use a timer remote?
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Re: Star trails

Postby hoohaa » Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:05 pm

I used a regular cable remote and a stopwatch/clock. I just locked the remote to open things up and stood away from the camera.
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Re: Star trails

Postby hobkyl » Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:06 pm

That's pretty amazing! Love the second one with the lit up foreground and background. Car lights?
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Re: Star trails

Postby americanhero » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:38 am

wow, those are wonderful trails. :up:

I tried some trail as well this year. Took this two shots in Southern Utah while there on vacation. It also was my very first attempt with the trails
The first one wasn't long enough, only 12 independent shots which I later later stacked together. All shots were 30sec exposures

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the second one is much better, I stacked 5 or six shots together. Each of the shots had a 2 minute exposure and the lighting on the rocks is from my campfire. :D

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if I ever find a place here in Western New York without a lot of light pollution, I will give it another try.
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Re: Star trails

Postby hobkyl » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:46 am

Those are great Yvonne! What do you mean you can't find a place in WNY without light pollution? They are plentiful!
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Re: Star trails

Postby americanhero » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:57 am

hobkyl wrote:Those are great Yvonne! What do you mean you can't find a place in WNY without light pollution? They are plentiful!


city lights pollute the sky. You need really really dark skies for the best results. I never saw such clear nights with the Milky Way like on my backpack trips this summer in Utah.
For great trails you need a place without any lights within at least 10-15 miles.


Guess I have to head out to the Adirondacks and try a few trails. :D
That's a good reason to plan a weekend camping trip
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Re: Star trails

Postby hobkyl » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:23 am

There are tons of places in WNY that are secluded from the lights. WNY hosts dozens of state forests and multi use areas that are far from lights. Also there are miles and miles of country roads flanked by farm fields that are out of the range of the light pollution. I bet you could find somewhere within less than an hour from where you live that would be suitable. Although the Daks would be a great option as well.
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Re: Star trails

Postby americanhero » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:33 am

hobkyl wrote:There are tons of places in WNY that are secluded from the lights. WNY hosts dozens of state forests and multi use areas that are far from lights. Also there are miles and miles of country roads flanked by farm fields that are out of the range of the light pollution. I bet you could find somewhere within less than an hour from where you live that would be suitable. Although the Daks would be a great option as well.



I guess I will find something. But where to start?
Any recommendations? Maybe a camping trip to Letchworth or Allegheny SP?
I also need to find some spots for a spontaneous night shooting
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