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Jul 31, 2009 02:08 |  #1

I was walking up this pitch black road and decided to try bulb mode for the first time. After a few failed attempts, I got this on a 5 minute exposure.

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Of course, there's always a back story to why I'm walking up some road in the middle of nowhere at 2AM. You can read about that on my photoblog (external link)...

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Jul 31, 2009 07:15 |  #2

I never knew there was that much movement in the earths rotation in just 5 minutes. Did you use a remote custom shutter speed for this?


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Jul 31, 2009 07:33 as a reply to  @ Treat me like a tourist's post |  #3

did you use a remote cord? i just got a canon XS but im not sure if it has 'bulb mode'??




  
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Jul 31, 2009 07:57 |  #4

Joe; I'd crop out the bottom third... i think that would improve the image alot...

Treat me like a tourist wrote in post #8374546 (external link)
I never knew there was that much movement in the earths rotation in just 5 minutes.

You can see stars trailing after just 30 seconds...

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did you use a remote cord? i just got a canon XS but im not sure if it has 'bulb mode'??

All D-SLRs have "bulb" mode - available in Manual mode...


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Jul 31, 2009 14:01 |  #5

Treat me like a tourist and -Swo0p: bulb mode with a Phottix Cleon release.

lkb-28: This was actually one of first times that I had shot in bulb mode and I didn't really realize that I would get star trails. I was composing more for the vanishing point of the double-yellow and the guard rail. The stars were a surprise bonus! Next time I'm up there, I'm gonna whip out the Sigma 10-20 and get more sky. Thanks!

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Jul 31, 2009 15:19 |  #6

I'm not sure I'd have the balls to leave my camera in the middle of the road on a tripod for 5 minutes, even at 2 am!!


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Jul 31, 2009 15:38 |  #7

The road is closed to traffic after sunset... :D


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Aug 01, 2009 00:39 as a reply to  @ anvilimage's post |  #8

I totally dig the road in this shot. There are three elements that draw me. The texture of the road, the lit up hillside and the star trails. I'm inspired! Tomorrow night I'm hitting the bulb exposure!
Thx for sharing


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Aug 01, 2009 00:48 |  #9

What a great image!!!




  
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Aug 01, 2009 00:58 |  #10

Cubix Rube wrote in post #8376819 (external link)
I'm not sure I'd have the balls to leave my camera in the middle of the road on a tripod for 5 minutes, even at 2 am!!

Ha! I often put my camera in the middle of the road, on the side of the road with people wizzing by... you name it. :D

I've even waded into the ocean, set the tripod up and taken shots. Having my gear insured as made me much less worried about things like that. Now, I go for the shot, however I have to get it.




  
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Aug 13, 2009 14:12 |  #11

Hey Joe, I told you I was inspired by your photography. Unfortunately I have been tied down with my work but last night I said 'enough is enough' and took the kids out to see the meteor showers. Funny how my 50mm was wayyyy to narrow to capture the streaks scattered around the sky. So I turned the camera toward the kids sitting in the car under moonlight. It's not easy focusing in the dark and I want to try this again (and again and again - hehe).
Thx, Domo :D

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Aug 13, 2009 14:55 |  #12

That's a night shot? Wow... looks like 3 O'Clock on a sunny afternoon! heheh


Interesting take, I like it.




  
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Aug 13, 2009 15:30 |  #13

Todd Lambert wrote in post #8454173 (external link)
That's a night shot? Wow... looks like 3 O'Clock on a sunny afternoon! heheh

Interesting take, I like it.

I wanted the star trails and meteor streaks but this is gonna take more practice and less moonlight. That being said this is ONLY moonlight (last quarter moon) up in the woods of Northern CA. My daughters are willing subjects and want to try this again so I will attempt this again with less moonlight, less ISO and more f stops. Need more depth of field and less grain... hehe!
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