Star Storm

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  1. invisible

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    Taken last night at Patricia Beach on Lake Winnipeg.
     
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    something seems weird about the trees. the star trails look good, but the trees... i dont know they look artifacty...
     
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    You are correct. The original image was a bit noisy, so I processed it with Neat Image. I'm still learning how to use this software, and the "artifacty" trees are the price I had to pay for my newbieness.

    I shot this one at f/4 and exposed it for 10 minutes at ISO 200. Is there anything I should have done differently to achieve better results?
     
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    not really anything else i can think of. Some people do short (around 2 minute) exposures. that way you dont get noise build-up from sensor heat. you just merge all the images in photoshop or you can use a dedicated stacking program like registax , but its more complicated to use than PS.
     
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    Looks oversharpened and perhaps a bit compressed.

    The pic is really interesting otherwise.
     
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    It looks as if you had a light source shining from your bottom left...it could have been faint and there the whole time, or perhaps bright and brief, lasting only a second or so. Either way, It's illuminated the trees strangely and given a diffuse orange/red glow to other trees close by. I think the pic would be far better with no light source, just the silhouette and smeared stars.

    As to the noise - could you post the pic before you ninja'd it? Would love to see the trees in the original.

    GOod job though :)
     
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    The light source is actually a lame attempt by me to lightpaint the trees with a pocket flashlight. I'm not entirely sure why the light doesn't show equally distributed, though. I agree with you, it would have probably looked better without the light painting.

    Here's the image before the noise reduction:
     
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    Neat! Do you just do a long exposure for that to happen?
     
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    Yes, and the earth rotating did the rest :)
     
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    I like the original image before the noise reduction. It might have worked better if more of the trees in front were painted in light. BTW, the stars look great.
     
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    That was the intention, but I guess the other trees just refused to absorb the light. I might do it again this week with a stronger flashlight and hopefully the results will be better. Stay tuned...
     
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    Sweet. I'm going to have to try that sometime :);)
     

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