yeah, its not the compression actually, I sharpened it twice in an automated priocess because I deceded to make most of my images smaller and had to sharpen again. You can see this artifact on a few of my shots
If you live in North America you could do this at home, in fact I would say the furthur south you are the better. The exposure time was 1 hour in total but its lots of combined shorter exposures, just to keep the noise down.
I thought I'd commented before? This rocks Alex - as I'm sure you are aware?
I think the silouette is perfect and appears as if it is being dragged around by the passing of time or the rotation of the earth/stars. I'm sure someone else must have said this but there were too many comments for me to look through.
I actually think this is one of the best trails shots I have ever seen. Don't let it go to your head though........
yes I have tried that actually, if you look at another of my star trail images with the pink sky I have used it to light a large peice of rock. I prefer to use natural light whereever possible though and I thought a silouette was sufficient this time around. THanks
Thanks, of course if you want to light the foreground a half full moon would probably be excellent and that it the next step for me to take though it presents alot of challenges with the star trails which fortunately I know how to overcome!
also, i know some people seem to have issues with the tree. other like it. i think it's perfect. aside from the fact that it's just got an interesting shape, the way it bends actually adds to the sense of movement in the piece - sorta repeating, in a way, the rhythm of the 'circles'
yes I like the composition on this alot and I agree with what you say since that was what I was going for. This was actually a reshoot so I had plenty of time to decide what I wanted. I am glad you share my thoughts on this
It was worth it standing in the cold... this is amazing. Shooting the north star is very challenging in normal conditions, let alone the mundo cold! Border are usually a buyer turn off... and the colors could be a little more vibrant... the forground interest isn't the more graceful in the world either, but it's a good capture overall.