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I spent a few hours on dartmoor in sub-zero temperatures on one of the clearest nights I have ever seen. I just wish I remembered a torch. The walk home was no laughing matter!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Good job :D I love taking star trails and astrophotography.
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JurajParis Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Photographer
this is something that we're trying to do for a long time :) unfortunately with no succes, yet! so lucky you,this is gorgeus and it was worth every minute freezing out there!
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StormLights Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Featured here : [link] :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the features :)
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StormLights Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
No problem !
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cez4r Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Sry my bad :P featured [link]
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cez4r Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
featured [link] :aww:
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Slushy-Pye Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Magical. :aww:
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Relient-K Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I absolutely love how the tree looks like it's being pulled into the swirling motion of the starts. Great shot!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much, I appreciate it
Alex
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detail24 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
Did you use the Lightroom Export function to create that file?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
No, I took this before lightroom was released I think?
Anyway I imported the frames seperately in Photoshop.

Alex
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detail24 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
Hmm ok, was asking because of the jpg compression which seems to be a bit heavy around the stars.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
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
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detail24 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
ah ok, i have seen this effect on a few of my own shots as well.
but i have discovered that LR is somehow using a poor algorithm to compress the images.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
problem fixed :)
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detail24 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
looks better :thumbsup:
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, I do export through lgihtroom, but my save for web workflow is through PS sometimes with droplets/actions
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chaos-magess Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Wait... how far north do you live to have the center of the circle be seen? love the composition and the extra enhancement of the tree's direction to bring out the circularity!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Theoretically you can see it one step north from the equator, so you might be in luck :)

The North Star is very easy to find using the plow/big dipper. [link] you can see the big dipper at the bottom
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chaos-magess Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
That's really nifty! I shall have to keep that in mind if I travel north. Was the exposure time really only 5 minutes to get this effect?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
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keimonas Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
fantastic! and thanks a lot for the explanation on how to take such photos.
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JakeSpain Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
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........
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:dance:
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Iamidaho Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Film or digital?
this style of photo is on my list of things to do this year
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Digital, the method is relatively complex and took me a while to work out. See one of my past journals on the Perseid meteor shower if you want to know how I do it.

Alex
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prprincess3869 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
How did you do this? It is pretty cool
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Its just a long exposure of the start but the actual method is quite complex. I have a past journal on the Perseid meteor shower that explains my full technique if you are interested.

Alex
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prprincess3869 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
interesting, I will check out your journal...did you really just sit there for an hour? wow!!!! I don't know if I have that much patience.
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skull Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
Awesome shot and naturally a +fav from me ;)

I hadn't even realised one could capture stars with such clear centre of rotation - never seen it on any other photograph.

Speaking of flashlight, it would have been interesting if you had some sort of a light poited up at the tree, at least for part of the exposure time. Would have looked surreal!

Great shot, and inspiration to me!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
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

Alex
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skull Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
Cool, seen it now.

Yeah, you're right. It's satisfying to take shot as powerful as this one without using any lights or too many Photoshop effects and for that you have my respect.

Can't wait to see more pictures from you!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
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!
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Suensyan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Excellent!
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Imthenats Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Shot. :nod: and I like the tree. :)
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demonix666 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
Great shot ! :heart:
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jiff7 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
Congratulations this photo has been featured in my journal pleas come take a look here [link]
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thankyou very much.

Alex
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studpup Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Student Photographer
i really love the composition in this.

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'
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
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

Alex
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studpup Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Student Photographer
cool then. glad you got what you were going for. that's always satisfying!
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jo-po-17 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
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.
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oriontrail Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007   Photographer
Well, I shoot star trails too, but still had no chance to shoot Polaris because I have a big light pollution in the north sky :) great!
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mattclaghorn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
I can't stannndd the cold. But a clear night is always wonderful! As is this picture. Awesome job!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I did at least wrap up warm! Thanks
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