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Apr 13, 2013 18:06 |  #76

Awesome stuff here. Love Farmspin. Here is one from Sitka, Alaska. Single exposure for 45 minutes.

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Apr 15, 2013 16:31 |  #77

My first time shooting trails..was kinda windy so lots of motion in the trees in the foreground...i need to do better at exposing foregrounds for this type of stuff in the future...26 2min exposures stacked.

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Apr 16, 2013 03:47 |  #78

My first attempt..

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Apr 18, 2013 14:35 |  #79

Tmuussoni wrote in post #15832986 (external link)
My first attempt..

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This is really great, love those tie die colors wrapped in


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Apr 18, 2013 14:36 |  #80

chuckie365 wrote in post #15831269 (external link)
My first time shooting trails..was kinda windy so lots of motion in the trees in the foreground...i need to do better at exposing foregrounds for this type of stuff in the future...26 2min exposures stacked.

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Trails in our lives (external link) by Scapeshots (external link), on Flickr

I definitely need a cooler tent! Love the composition here!


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Apr 26, 2013 18:33 |  #81

:)

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Apr 27, 2013 11:34 |  #82

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Apr 28, 2013 08:51 |  #83

Wow! I'm really so jealous looking at those photos. I don't know how to use a 'stacked photo' :(

I have a question. Some are using a single exposure, what does a 45-minute exposure mean? Does it mean the shutter is open for 45 mins? Is drained battery ever an issue if the exposure is this long? I want to try doing star trails too.

Sorry for the noob questions. Thanks.


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Apr 28, 2013 22:57 |  #84

kelikoi wrote in post #15875164 (external link)
Wow! I'm really so jealous looking at those photos. I don't know how to use a 'stacked photo' :(

I have a question. Some are using a single exposure, what does a 45-minute exposure mean? Does it mean the shutter is open for 45 mins? Is drained battery ever an issue if the exposure is this long? I want to try doing star trails too.

Sorry for the noob questions. Thanks.



i have only ever done them with a single exposure, never learnt or tried the stacking photos thing.. seems like a lot of extra work for the same result :P

i normally leave them for about an hour, and as faaarrr away from the city as possible!! and yes, a "45 minute exposure" would mean that your shutter is open for 45 minutes, use a remote trigger, and on the bulb setting. click once to start, and then after an hour or however long you want to leave it, click it again to stop the shutter from taking the picture. and your done!

and i have never had any problem at all with draining battery life!

i have a couple of my examples on a little blog post here:

http://www.hazephotogr​aphy.com …mer-has-finally-arrived-1 (external link)

its not as hard as it looks, the biggest mistake people make is they do it close to a city, and then the sky gets very bright and its hard to see any stars (that was my mistake on my first attempt!)


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Apr 29, 2013 01:34 |  #85

Aweome shots Chilly & Haze! :)

I alway stack them now :) and I get 3 things from one shoot:

A Milky Way shot:

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A Star Trail shot:
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Waiheke Startrails (EXPLORED) (external link) by Mikey Mack (external link), on Flickr

And a Time-Lapse: from 28 seconds in
Sunset and Milky Way (external link)

Can't do all that with a single exposure ;)

I have managed to get multiple great results from 80% of my startrail shoots, quite good fun too with a few beers :P
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Apr 29, 2013 13:47 |  #86

Thanks NCCHANT! Nice work outta you too! :)

What can you share about shooting the milky way? What kind of settings are you using on average? I want to get it this summer when it's more visible here. Any post details you can share? Thanks.


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Apr 29, 2013 16:17 |  #87

CHillyDoggy wrote in post #15879522 (external link)
Thanks NCCHANT! Nice work outta you too! :)

What can you share about shooting the milky way? What kind of settings are you using on average? I want to get it this summer when it's more visible here. Any post details you can share? Thanks.

Thank you :) here's how I do it.

Use a wide angle lens, but other prime lenses get really nice results (see below).
Focus to infinity (if you can).
Use between 1600-3200 ISO or more if your camera can handle it, my 600D is good up to 3200 where I can still manage the noise.
Use the widest aperture you can, or stop down one notch for a slightly crispier star.
20-30 second exposures (I go 20 for just Milky Way shots, 30 if I feel like pushing it with a little bit of trailing).
I use Magic Lantern firmware on my camera, makes time-lapse photography piss easy, set it and leave it.
Bring a few beers, you may be a while. I aim for 2+ hours of shooting one scene.

PP in Lightroom, I generally edit the white balance, boost clarity, vibrance, saturation, lift the highlights if there wasn't too much light pollution.
Then open the file in Photoshop, add a brightness/contrast layer and boost them up until I'm happy :)

Milky Way shot with a 50mm prime lens:

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Apr 29, 2013 18:33 |  #88

Thanks NCHANT! Looking forward to getting after it this summer! :)


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Apr 29, 2013 22:33 |  #89

HazePhotography wrote in post #15877537 (external link)
i have only ever done them with a single exposure, never learnt or tried the stacking photos thing.. seems like a lot of extra work for the same result :P

i normally leave them for about an hour, and as faaarrr away from the city as possible!! and yes, a "45 minute exposure" would mean that your shutter is open for 45 minutes, use a remote trigger, and on the bulb setting. click once to start, and then after an hour or however long you want to leave it, click it again to stop the shutter from taking the picture. and your done!

and i have never had any problem at all with draining battery life!

i have a couple of my examples on a little blog post here:

http://www.hazephotogr​aphy.com …mer-has-finally-arrived-1 (external link)

its not as hard as it looks, the biggest mistake people make is they do it close to a city, and then the sky gets very bright and its hard to see any stars (that was my mistake on my first attempt!)

Thank you so much Paul. You make it sound so easy :) Okay, I'll remember your advices and try it.

And those photos in your blog looks awesome!


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May 03, 2013 21:12 |  #90

NCHANT wrote in post #15880004 (external link)
Thank you :) here's how I do it.

Use a wide angle lens, but other prime lenses get really nice results (see below).
Focus to infinity (if you can).
Use between 1600-3200 ISO or more if your camera can handle it, my 600D is good up to 3200 where I can still manage the noise.
Use the widest aperture you can, or stop down one notch for a slightly crispier star.
20-30 second exposures (I go 20 for just Milky Way shots, 30 if I feel like pushing it with a little bit of trailing).
I use Magic Lantern firmware on my camera, makes time-lapse photography piss easy, set it and leave it.
Bring a few beers, you may be a while. I aim for 2+ hours of shooting one scene.

PP in Lightroom, I generally edit the white balance, boost clarity, vibrance, saturation, lift the highlights if there wasn't too much light pollution.
Then open the file in Photoshop, add a brightness/contrast layer and boost them up until I'm happy :)

Milky Way shot with a 50mm prime lens:
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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/mikeymack/84079​11820/  (external link)
Milky Way @ 50mm (external link) by Mikey Mack (external link), on Flickr

Am I missing something here, no tracking device was used or is needed? ???




  
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