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Re: Share your Astrophotography Photos

Bob from Boston,

"If that's what you thought I said, ...."

It is what I thought you said.  Smiley Frustrated   But whatever, any shot like that one is almost, no it is a certainty, several to many short shots.  It just isn't possible to do in one shot.

 

" I see no evidence to support your assertion that the picture was made with multiple shots."

That is because you don't do astro-photography.

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Re: Share your Astrophotography Photos

" I see no evidence to support your assertion that the picture was made with multiple shots." 

 

That's the whole idea of it.  In film making, the best special effects are the ones that you don't notice: i.e. "Citizen Kane".

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"But whatever, any shot like that one is almost, no it is a certainty, several to many short shots.  It just isn't possible to do in one shot.

 

I gotta agree with Old Powershot on this one, Bob.  Sorry, Ernie.  All of the visual evidence I see not only points to mulitple shots, but quite possibly, and likely, dozens of them.

 

BTW, I think it would take 24 hours to "make" this shot because of all of the post processing I see involved, if I did it.Smiley Happy

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Re: Share your Astrophotography Photos


Waddizzle wrote:

"So multiple 5-10 minute long exposure shots for a total of 2-3 hours or one big 2-3 hour exposed shot? You guys are confusing me lol." 

 

You just hit the nail on the head.  There is no one answer, "Do it like so." Captuing an image of star trails like that is not a task for the beginner.  It requires a lot finesse, creativity, and experience at shooting in the dark and the night skies.  I would not take exposures as long as 5-10 minutes, for the exact reasons that Ernie has already cited.  Noise.

 

You will learn that using the same exposure time with widely different focal lengths can give widely different results, most especially when it comes to star trails.  The focal length and aperture that you use will directly impact the best exposure time to capture star trails.  There is a lot room for variance in the Exposure Triangle. 

 

I would also advise starting out small and working your way up: like taking shots of the Moon on full, half, and quarter phases, to learn about how to take pictures of the night skies.  Taking shots of the Moon will teach about stabilizing your camera on a tripod, releasing the shutter, and optionally shutter lockup. I would suggest taking pictures of the Moon just as the sun sets, or rises, too.

 

I would think the next step would be taking a wide field shot of night landscapes and the night sky, where you would learn about stacking photos, white balance, and exposures, or even layering if you use a commecial applicaiton like Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop CC.  Taking shots landscapes with full Moon at your back can produce some pretty dramatic looking shots.  I would use the same White Balance as I would for a bright sunny day., because the Moon is a perfectly neutral reflector of direct sunlight. 

 

Once you have gone through those trials and errors, you could attempt to create a final shot of star trails.  I would encourage taking shots of star trails all long the way, too. 

 

 

 

 


Wow thank you for this. I thought it was an easy task with a bit of thought process behind it. Thanks for saving me the disappointment! I'm just an ambitious newb Smiley Frustrated

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Re: Share your Astrophotography Photos

"Wow thank you for this. I thought it was an easy task with a bit of thought process behind it. Thanks for saving me the disappointment! I'm just an ambitious newb Smiley Frustrated"

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It is easy.  It just isn't as simple as it might seem.  BTW, did I forget to mention to take the shots in manual mode and manual focus?

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Re: Share your Astrophotography Photos

" I see no evidence to support your assertion that the picture was made with multiple shots." 

 

That's the whole idea of it.  In film making, the best special effects are the ones that you don't notice: i.e. "Citizen Kane".

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"But whatever, any shot like that one is almost, no it is a certainty, several to many short shots.  It just isn't possible to do in one shot." 

 

I gotta agree with Old Powershot on this one, Bob.  Sorry, Ernie.  All of the visual evidence I see not only points to mulitple shots, but quite possibly, and likely, dozens of them.

 

BTW, I think it would take 24 hours to "make" this shot because of all of the post processing I see involved, if I did it."

 

 

???  Although my responce was to Bob from Boston, I think you got your tongue in front of your eye-teeth again and can't see waht you are saying. ???

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Re: Share your Astrophotography Photos

"???  Although my responce was to Bob from Boston, I think you got your tongue in front of your eye-teeth again and can't see waht you are saying. ???" 

 

Nah, I was apologizing for saying "Old Powershot", meaning you.  Sorry, again.

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Re: Share your Astrophotography Photos

Actually, "Old Powershot" fits pretty well. Smiley Very Happy   At least the "old" part that is.  Not much "Power" left.

No apologizing necessary.

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Re: Share your Astrophotography Photos


Waddizzle wrote:

"Wow thank you for this. I thought it was an easy task with a bit of thought process behind it. Thanks for saving me the disappointment! I'm just an ambitious newb Smiley Frustrated"

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It is easy.  It just isn't as simple as it might seem.  BTW, did I forget to mention to take the shots in manual mode and manual focus?


You did not mention that but I've watched several YouTube videos that suggest the same. I just got my wireless remote shutter so I think I have all the gear I need to shoot some awesome pics! Just waiting for a clear night and my buddy to clear his weekend schedule so I don't have to do this alone Smiley Happy

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Re: Share your Astrophotography Photos

Heart    Are you Linden?   Love your topic/channel !!!    I'm kinda new at photography, astrophotography, time lapse and video.  I have a very beginner Canon T3i .   It was actually astro imaging that led me to my camera.   I don't have lots of money, old and am now disabled (31 years carpenter) but I can still get out and have managed to capture images of the night sky.  I've learned a few processes like star trails, time lapse and a little about processing in Lightroom.  I'd love to be a part of this community and also contribute some images for others enjoyment or critisim.   I haven't as yet learned how to post images but have thumbed through many plenty images already posted, written encouraging reply's and generally had fun surfing the site. 

 

I'd love any advice you may have for me,

Steph_Louisiana Smiley Happy

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