first attempt at star trail photog

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  1. AF44

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    took this one in lake powell, utah

    16 minute exposure, 400 iso, 18mm, f:4.5



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    tell me what you think!
     
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    All I see is a red X... :(
     
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    Thats pretty crazy. I assume a run of the mill lens wouldn't be able to pull this off?
     
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    What are the sqwiggly looking lines near and intersecting the brighest star?
     
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    actually this is with the stock lens on the camera... the squiggly lines in the pic are me trying to get the camera where i want it when the shutter is open... or aliens!
     
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    Aliens sounds like the logical choice.
     
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    Wow cool shot! I've never been able to get very good results with star trails.

    The only thing that bugs me is the amp glow in the top left, but I suppose there's nothing you can do about that. I'd also recommend bumping the ISO down to it's lowest setting.

    Thanks for sharing! :)
     
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    I would've done it at the lowest iso possible.

    You assume incorrectly. You can do it just about anywhere if you have a tripod, cable release and little to no light pollution *cough* NYC *cough* or hazy skies.
     
  9. astrostu

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    You'd also probably not want to do this when the Milky Way fills a significant part. Because you're doing trails, the Galaxy just looks like a broad, fuzzy cloud that - to me, at least - interferes with the rest of the composition.

    A shorter exposure and/or lower ISO would help reduce the magenta glow in the upper left.
     
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    The magenta glow is probably the sensor getting hot. Try shorter exposures (maybe not longer than 10 minutes), with low ISO.
     
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    thanks a lot for all the replies next time i will try a lower iso and not pointing it at the milky way and see what kind of results i get
     

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