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Jun 16, 2014 23:57 |  #241

One from a while ago :)

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Jun 26, 2014 00:18 as a reply to  @ post 16391386 |  #242

Taken on 2 different nights in Yosemite........ One from the valley floor & one up at Glacier Point.


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Jun 28, 2014 06:15 as a reply to  @ post 16891562 |  #243

How do u get the light trails to look like this? Almost like a million meteors

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Jul 01, 2014 18:09 as a reply to  @ Terri400D's post |  #244

Here's two from earlier this year of a wrecked sailboat at the Outer Banks. Pictures were taken about a month apart and unfortunately for the second outing the mast had been removed.

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Jul 03, 2014 11:08 |  #245

What are you guys using to stack your star trails? I've used StarStax but my trails come out looking like dotted lines. :(

Also...Are you guys shooting RAW or jpg?

*sigh


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Jul 03, 2014 14:48 |  #246

ptcanon3ti wrote in post #17009398 (external link)
What are you guys using to stack your star trails? I've used StarStax but my trails come out looking like dotted lines. :(

Also...Are you guys shooting RAW or jpg?

*sigh


I believe many of mac users use starstax. Gap between stars are unavoidable in stacked images but there is an option called 'gap filling" in starstax program which helps to fill up the gaps between the stars so it doesn't look like dashed lines.
(BTW. Those gaps shouldn't be really noticeable unless you zoom in the image tho...if you are shooting in continuous mode you should turn off the NR function in your camera. if you are using intervalometer then you should set the interval between each shot as 0)

I shoot in RAW and edit them in Photoshop then converted into JPG before stacking.


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Jul 03, 2014 20:38 |  #247

Thank you for the info! I'm gonna try again on the next clear night. :)


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Jul 06, 2014 18:22 |  #248

65 photos at 20 second exposures; Taylor Park Reservoir, Colorado.

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Jul 12, 2014 02:20 as a reply to  @ TheInfamousGreedo's post |  #249

Around 200 shots, 30s, ISO 1600, f4

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Jul 12, 2014 17:18 |  #250

NCHANT wrote in post #16976313 (external link)
One from a while ago :)

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Love the colors in this one!




  
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Jul 25, 2014 15:47 as a reply to  @ fortisi876's post |  #251

ive heard intervalometer used here for obtaining images......any one have any preferences/ recommendations, I may buy 1 to have a go at some of this.

I tried a star trail recently on holiday in Namibia.....no tripod, no device for taking pics, just a finger to operate shutter, its a 1027 second exposure, hand held open with camera sat in my lap.

ok its complete rubbish, I guessed at all the settings and from what ive read here, I got the aperture wildly wrong,

BUT...im enthused to do better, and now im home and reunited with my tripod, I wish to try again. ive downloaded the stacking software and all I need now is a good clear night and a shutter operator intervalometer...so any advice would of great help

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Jul 28, 2014 11:06 |  #252

If you want a decent one that won't break the bank until you know for certain it's a piece of equipment you will use regularly, I'd look no further than eBay or Amazon for one of those <$35 units made in China/Taiwan. The one I purchased about a decade ago still works great.




  
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Jul 28, 2014 13:10 |  #253

yes thanks, one on its way now


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Jul 28, 2014 22:46 |  #254

soccersnaps wrote in post #17061786 (external link)
yes thanks, one on its way now

I've never had to use an intervalometer for doing star trails. A simple remote shutter release cable will do as long as it has a locking shutter button. Once you have your camera setting (f-stop, shutter speed, ISO) configured in camera, put camera in continuous shooting mode, lock the shutter button, come back when the battery is dead (200+ pics later), all ready for stacking.




  
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Jul 30, 2014 15:44 |  #255

hi thanks but intervalometer has arrived now, its all set up, just waiting for some stars to practice with.
im in awe at some of the pics posted here and thank you for enthusing me to try something different


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