Star-trail Workshop

So last night we held another Star-trails workshop. The conditions were perfect, no moon, no wind, lots and lots of stars.

This time around I decided to place the southern celestial pole in the tree itself, and incorporate some light painting to add detail to the foreground.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 7th August 2010, This photo: 9:45pm

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  • cags-m519 said:
    this is wonderful. i have no idea how to do it so this is so intriguing :)
  • coalphotography said:
    Wow... this is amazing. I am bowled over how amazing this photo is! The composition and the movement of everything is spectacular!
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Nice one David.
  • ยป madelyn said:
    Just fantastic
  • greenplasticdave said:
    Great shot, David :)
  • Chris Saulit said:
    wow, awesome!
  • Charles Landriault said:
    Whoa!! This here photo is just insane!! Very very good work on this!!
  • epecpage said:
    Wow! This is undoubtedly one of the best star trail shots I've seen. Nice work!
  • mic in the mallee said:
  • douglasbawdenphotography said:
    Sweet shot!
  • darvidanoar said:
    Nice one, Dave. The lush greens in the foreground work well against the cool blues of the sky and that tree has heaps of character too.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    that is awesome :D how long was your exposure? I might have to try this myself. Am in Roma so the conditions should be perfect. Any hints? :)
    wooooooow nic pic
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Awesome David!!
  • Tristen Murray said:
    Great star trails. The composition of the celestial pole in the tree looks really good
  • ghis44free said:
  • looby88 said:
    I feel dizzy , my head is spinning !!
    Veeeeery good David
  • David de Groot said:
    [] I'd say to rock along to one of our workshops, but it might be a bit of a trip from where you are ;-)
    [] Thanks :) Turned out quite nicely indeed.
    [] Yeah not bad eh ?
    [] Thanks!
    [] Thanks :) Did you end up heading out last night ?
    [] Thanks!
    [] Definitely a decent effort this time. Couldn't feel my toes towards the end, but the heater in the car works well.
    [] Combination of know-how and conditions. :)
    [] [] [] [] Thanks :)
    [] Yeah, amazing what a bit of foreground illumination will do. We're looking at alternate locations now so as to not overdo this one.
    [] Just a smidge under 2 hours all up. 20 mins is enough to get some decent circles starting to happen, but obviously it gets more intense the longer you go.
    [] Thanks Cecily :)
    [] Yeah I thought it worked fairly well ;-)
    [] Yeah but, so's the rest of you ;-) Thankee :)
  • Xenedis said:
    Very nicely done. Bang-on for the positioning of the tree at the position of the south celestial pole.
  • fotoscape2009 said:
    Great work Dave, love the breaking the rules with the celestial pole right in the middle. Great greens as well! What white balance did you use?
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Yeah, though it gave a more nested appearance and helped the tree stand out a bit more.
    [] I thought about putting the CP on a third, but that results in one side of the circle being cut off, or squashed (which isn't bad, just not what I was after this time around).
  • borealnz said:
    Spectacular David!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks Jill :)
  • gabrielk1 said:
    looks great, master at work
  • Adam Randell said:
    Love the lit foreground in this one David!! Excellent trails & tree.
    How many images here mate??
  • P de G 1952 said:
    Fantastic. You will have to show me how it's done next month when you come up for holidays.
  • chamellieon said:
    top stuff as always dave!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks Gabriel, I was lucky to be able to pull out one frame of lit driveway without headlights visible, and three torch painted frames to give the foreground/tree lightpainting.
    [] 148 frames (+ 2 dark frames). :)
    [] Yeah can do - 'tisn't particulalrly hard, just takes ages.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Hey thanks Mel :)
    I don't get out at night very often (too cold mostly), so it's good to come home with something decent.
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    Very impressive. This sort of thing is quite intimidating to me, yet I want to try it someday.
  • traceyjohns said:
    Fantastic star trails!
  • Billy Bunter & The Photophiles said:
    Wow....David....This is your tree....Should we name it?
  • D-AmCam said:
    Congratualtions! You've frozen time.

    Please post it in
    Nature in Motion
    Post 1, Commet 3
  • David de Groot said:
    [] 'tisn't too hard, just need a few pointers, some time and the right conditions and equipment.
    [] Thanks!
    [] Nah, I just refer to it as the tree down the road.
  • Makavelian | Photography said:
    Hey David, How can you determine where the celestial pole will be?
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Well in the Southern Hemisphere, grab a compass, aim south, look about 30 degrees up from the horizon :)
  • Makavelian | Photography said:
    Thanks mate. Legend. :)
  • MikeSenior said:
    Worked really well David. Great shot!!!
  • heyjennuh said:
    I really want to try this someday.
    This came out beautiful : )
  • nom_oz said:
    nice location you have there Dave, leading to a lovely striking image. Hmmm, looking at this just gave me a thought about a possible good location... :)
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks :)
    [] Doesn't take much, just need a clear sky and an SLR with timer or locking release.
    [] I look forward to seeing your results then :)
  • Jon McManus said:
    Gorgeous, david, gorgeous!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks Jon. Just for the hell of it, I got an 8x12 print done (gloss) of it. Looks fantastic. Maybe I should splurge on a framing kit.
  • mike costolo said:
    The southern celestial pole looks really low in the sky. You must be pretty far North.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Yeah about 700km south of the Tropic of Capricorn (roughly).
  • WanderingSolesPhotography said:
  • baar_01 said:
    Turned out great. nice work Dave
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks !
    [] Yeah, not bad at all.
  • ZaksterNT said:
    Again... WOW!
  • Carlosgg said:
  • David Lee AUS said:
    Wow! what filter did you use to get a 2 hr exposure? Excellent work!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks!
    [] No filter, just shot after dark :)
  • David Lee AUS said:
    How did you get the focus right in the dark?
  • David de Groot said:
    [] We're running a course on this stuff on May 22 :)
  • Diana Michaels said:
    Most incredible !! But I might like the other one better, with the clouds.