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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
I'd say those two would be great places. You also have Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Plus dozens of state forests in the Ellicotville area which is about an hour from you. Or driving towards Rochester along the lake (rt 18...eventually the parkway)....miles away fom city lights with farms as far as the eye can see.
Pull up your favorite mapping service and take a gander for state forests, refuges, or roads far far away from towns and city's.
Cherry Springs State Park in north central PA is known for its dark skies.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. ~Henry David Thoreau
thanks for your ideas, I guess I have to try some of those in the next weeks. Depending on the weather forecast
Need to improve my skills with star trails a little bit more.
Some inspiration: Matthew Cook Photography - Star Trails
wow, those are really cool star trails
That's exactly the stuff I have in mind. Wish I could do that
Those are incredible! Love 'em! Well done.
I have recently started reading on stacking. I can't figure out how some of it works though. I saw one awesome image someone took and they did 100 30-second exposures and stacked them. The result was amazing. But when I did any 30-second images, it looked like a blank screen on my camera. How does that work if you have all those exposures and it seems to be capturing nothing. I'd hate to go sit somewhere for an hour, do all those exposures, stack them and find I got nothing in the end!
Is stacking a tough thing to do?
Loved your shots. I hope some clear weather comes soon as I'd like to try some star trails again.
I used a special software for stacking and it was really easy to work with it.
The program was established by a German guy, but you can choose between German and English.
One disadvantage of stacking software is that you get gaps in the trails. Within a lower resolution you barely see it, but in high resolution this can be really ugly.
I just started experimenting with my camera and star trails and still have to improve my technique a lot.
But I found a really good article about star trails, maybe it is helpful for you.
http://www.naturephotographers.net/arti ... 509-1.html