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lots of fireflies & star trail (2+ hrs images)

 
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Jul 21, 2011 13:41 |  #1

This picture made it to NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) for August 5 ,2011 post#17 in this thread
http://photography-on-the.net …p?p=12881073#po​st12881073

I meant to capture about 45-55 minutes of 20 second exposures 10:40pm - 11:30pm, but fell asleep, woke up 3am.....and went outside to retrive the set-up.
The T1i battery had died, even though hot night the dew point was enough below the actual temp the lens stayed clear.

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Canon T1i + Canon Lens 15-85 @ 15mm, each 20 sec exposure, over 370 images, just over 2 hrs of images.
Captured as RAW, import into Aperture 3, no PP whatsoever, just export as TIFF for StarStax to make startrails. All done in Mac OsX.

The moon rose around 12:30am, and its reflection is seen in the 2 garage windows as it ascended.
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(btw I've never put a gaudy watermark across any of my images before, but once this went to APOD it's all over the web...)

IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-S3_t7k7_W7k/TigJL2lzLkI/AAAAAAAANMA/7vaZArj6o1Y/s800/Jul-20-2011%252520startrail2.jpg


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StarStaX is a fast multi-platform image stacking and blending software, which is developed primarily for Star Trail Photography.
Besides star trails, it can be of great use in other settings, see here.
StarStaX allows to merge a series of photos into a single image, where the relative motion of the stars creates structures looking like star trails.
StarStaX is available as Freeware for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.


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Jul 21, 2011 13:44 |  #2

Shame about the fireflies.

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Jul 21, 2011 13:45 |  #3

That's a very good shot. Maybe a bit chaotic for my taste, but good none the less. Those critters were everywhere! Thanks for sharing.




  
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Jul 21, 2011 17:39 as a reply to  @ martyn_bannister's post |  #4

Actually I knew the fireflies were out if force, but not this heavy!

Made a 15 second video clip
(can we embed YouTube videos here?? How?)
You can see the moonrise in the garage lower RH and upper middle window.
This video is between 10:45pm and 1am.

This shows the stars rotating as pin points of light along the NCP (North Celestial Pole, near Polaris), and you can see individual fireflies in it:Click to watch YouTube HD 720p video StarTrail timelapse 7-20-2011 2+ hrs in 15 seconds

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IMAGE LINK: http://youtu.be/Xx_gNW​AlK3k?hd=1  (external link)

I re-processed this star trail video timelapse using the cumulative image saving feature in StarStax.The cumulative stacking then timelapse gives a different effect/feeling.Click to watch HD 720p video "Timelapse StarTrails and fireflies stacked@ 60fps "
IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-S3_t7k7_W7k/TigJL2lzLkI/AAAAAAAANFY/5rNH75sOspk/s400/Jul-20-2011%252520startrail2.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://youtu.be/ie-6PNG_TKI?hd=1  (external link)

Specs:
Camera Canon T1i
Lens Canon 15-85 @ 15mm f3.5
ISO800 20 sec exposure each
Over 370 frames Processed all in MacOSX
StarStax, Time Lapse Assembler, iMovie11

Credits:
Time Lapse Assembler, http://www.dayofthenew​dan.com …ts/time-lapse-assembler-1 (external link)

Time Lapse Assembler allows you to create movies from a sequence of images.
Provide it with a folder containing sequentially named JPEG images and it will produce a Quicktime compatible movie file for use in iMovie or other editing software.
Features
Exports MPEG, H.264, Photo-JPEG, and RAW movies
Select between 0.1 and 60 fps (new in version 1.5)
Allows resizing of finished movie
Now supports Leopard!
Make sure your source folder images are all the same size
Requirements
Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
Quicktime 7.2.1 or higher


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Jul 21, 2011 21:45 as a reply to  @ mtbdudex's post |  #5

That is an awesome shot! The fireflies around these parts are tremendous. I too tried taking some extended shots for fireflies, but this really is a great stack.


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Jul 22, 2011 02:31 |  #6

Yeah, I like the video far more than the trail. That's neat!

Wouldn't it have been cool to get a closeup of the windows with the moon rise! Setting that shot up perfectly would really be something :)




  
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Jul 22, 2011 13:48 as a reply to  @ martyn_bannister's post |  #7

Great shot. The fireflies give the shot a frenetic feel. Love it.


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Jul 23, 2011 01:21 |  #8

there are indeed a lot of fireflies there... the video is much better, I really enjoy it... :D


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Jul 24, 2011 04:23 |  #9

awesome shot love the fire flies think it makes the shot new..


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Jul 24, 2011 10:45 |  #10

Pretty nice. I wonder if there is a program that would let you do a median or sigma stacking method. It may be possible to remove the lightning bugs. You would almost be treating them as hot pixels.


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Jul 25, 2011 15:37 |  #11

This image is nothing less than awesome. Five stars out of Five; period. KC


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Jul 27, 2011 20:39 as a reply to  @ forrestt's post |  #12

2nd video moved to after 1st video, see post#4 above.


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Jul 29, 2011 11:55 |  #13

Love the fireflies.




  
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Jul 29, 2011 22:22 |  #14

Very cool stack, I like the lightning bugs, looking forward to watching the video when I get on a landline


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Jul 31, 2011 03:03 |  #15

Nicely done!


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