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This is my second attempt at trying to capture the stars. I really need to get away from the city to do this. Please don't mind the huge dust spec near the power wire. I can't believe I didn't notice it during previews. I think I was more worried about not being able to feel my hands due to the cold.

I originally planned on taking 15-20 photos after I found my subjects and trying to use DSS, but that series got canned after I seen a much larger smudge on the lens which showed up on the photos. I was really bummed about that.

I think next time if I don't make it out of the city, I'm going to trying zooming in a bit to avoid some of the surrounding light pollution and bumping ISO up to 3200 to make up for the shorter shutter speed. Good idea or no?

Here's the one photo I feel I was able to salvage. I ended up doing a bit of PP to bring out the stars. Hopefully it doesn't look too bad.

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Star Night #2external link by compudazeexternal link, on Flickr

Post #1, Feb 26, 2012 00:42:39


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The power-lines are just ruing the photo.
Also, too much light pollution.

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I thought about trying to remove the power lines, but there was so much light pollution I didn't bother trying to save it. This is only my second attempt at this. Hopefully soon I'll have time to venture out of the city to get away from most the light pollution and give this a serious attempt.

Post #3, Feb 27, 2012 12:58:18


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I'll support what x_tan wrote about the power line and the light pollution.... and I'll add that the spot you're referring to is, most likely, flare, and not a dust spot. It's far too big to be a dust spot.

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Todd Lambert wrote in post #13976867external link
I'll support what x_tan wrote about the power line and the light pollution.... and I'll add that the spot you're referring to is, most likely, flare, and not a dust spot. It's far too big to be a dust spot.

Ahh. Thanks for the clarification.

Post #5, Feb 27, 2012 13:24:33


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I've removed the power lines and attempted to do something about the light pollution. Does this look any better? Does it look over-processed? Just for kicks I've included the unedited version. Thanks for your input.

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Post #6, Feb 28, 2012 23:43:21


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I personally like it, even with powerlines, tree, and light pollution. Not just a picture of the sky, which dare I say, seems boring to me. Not all of us are blessed with dark skies at home or the time/ability to drive out to find them. The flare spot is a bit annoying, but otherwise I like the first image you posted opposed to any of the others especially being first/second attempt.

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nice, i like the one with the lines/light best

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