stars, airplanes and fireflies

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71x 30s exposures stacked in photoshop.

 

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It got every damn thing in it! Nice!!
 

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how did you light the tower? Or did you light the tower (was it already lit)?
 

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I love these shots, this one came out great
 

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Forgive my ignorance but what are the green specs?

Really want to get into night/star photography, this is a great looking picture
 
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thanks guys and girls.

gary - the big yellow glowing spots are the fireflies. easily cloned out (along with the airplane lights) but i kinda liked them. getting into startrails is easier than you think. if your camera is capable of shooting continuous frames over a period of time and you have a tripod you can do it. i used a locking cable release and manual focus to infinity. www.Startrails.de-Home has a good tutorial with exposure value settings as well as freeware that does a pretty good job of stacking the photos for you. i use actions from star circle academy which does a better job with jaggies and offers more options, such as comet looking star trails.

amanda - i lit the tower over two frames using the surefire g2 which is a tactical flashlight. i chose that flashlight because it offers a simple light pattern and a small radius of light which helps control light bleeding over to other places when dealing with small areas. it's also a cooler color light than most flashlights so i don't need to balance the white balance foreground light painting with the sky. in photoshop i layered the two layers with light painting and masked in the best parts of each foreground.
 

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Oh, as in the title! Oops! That makes me like it even more, don't have them here in Ireland so I guess I just blanked the word when I had read it. I agree they do add a dimension to the picture that makes you think twice about it. Light painting on the tower looks great too, gives it a silky looking texture or something. Very nice.

Have done a lot of reading/watching about night photography in general but am limited by the body I'm using, I hope to get something a little more capable soon. There are a lot of monastic ruins near where I live that date back a thousand years so they should provide some interesting star and light painting shots.

Thanks for the link/info :) it's appreciated
 

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Great shot. What is the workflow to stacking these photos? Do you have to convert to JPEG or can they be stacked as RAW files.
 
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thanks for the comments. i do my edits to the first raw file and then copy the edits to the rest of the files. i used star circle academy actions to take care of the stacking. then i went back to lightroom and re-edited my two light painting shots for the foreground. copied them in as layers onto the stacked star trails file in photoshop and masked in the bits of foreground i wanted.
 
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wow, that's a loaded question. it's new jersey as seen from delaware. light, pollution, crime, etc.. :lmao: sorry, yes, it's light pollution.
 

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