Star-trails from our Workshop

A very cold night, and a mostly clear sky greeted us and our students for last night's workshop. The clear sky however gave way to thin clouds which don't work as well in a stacked star-trail.

All the same, our students enjoyed themselves and learnt about the fascinating world of star-trail photography.

View all photos taken: Monday, 28th June 2010, This photo: 8:19pm

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  • Adam Randell said:
    Cool blue sky works well with those trails David!!
    Great to hear the workshop went well.
  • Joel Sergent said:
    Woot! well done.
    Love the plans too, mainly the one turning
  • MikeSenior said:
    Nice shot David.
  • Bernie Zajac said:
    The stacking seems to have worked well for the stars themselves, but I'm not too sure of the effect it's created with the staggered cloud movement :( Please don't take that negatively though - I think it's really good to see as it shows a scenario where a long exposure (30min+) bulb exposure would work well.
    Congrats on the workshops too ;)
  • greenplasticdave said:
    Glad your workshop was a success. Looks like a top spot you have there.
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    Nice. I love the colour of the sky.
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    But still a beautiful image David!
  • Ross_M said:
    Looks good to me Dave. I don't find the clouds a problem
  • Thea M said:
    I quite like the effect as the clouds move through. Nice foreground.
  • Christophe_A said:
    Great work !
  • Billy Bunter & The Photophiles said:
    Nice pic David..was a good night..and yes a little on the cool side.
  • ndut'z said:
    excellent shot!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks Adam :)
    [] Thanks Joel!
    [] Thanks!
    [] Exactly Bernie, that was one of the points we made to our students.
    [] Yeah it's not a bad spot at all Dave. A bit too close to Brisbane, but generally pretty decent.
    [] Thanks Warwick. Combination of tungsten white-balance and the lightening of the sky by the moon.
    [] Decent enough Jeff ;-)
    [] As we told people last night, some will take issue with the clouds (I tend to fall into that camp), while others will love them as they are. All down to personal taste really.
    [] It's more the jagginess of the clouds caused by the stacking procedure rather than their presence.
    [] Thanks!

    [] Sure was nippy Phil, and still was this morning when I got up. I trust you had an uneventful trip home ?
    [] Thanks!
  • Billy Bunter & The Photophiles said:
    Yes I made all the right turns on the way home for a midnight finish.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Nice Dave. I looked at mine... but I knew yours would be better ;) I was not stacking for long enough really.
    Was a good night... glad it all worked for us in the end!
  • Cobra_11 said:
    Awesome! And the most gorgeous blue sky! Fantastic work!
  • Tristen Murray said:
    Ah, that tree again. Im still amazed at how many different great shots you can get here.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Ah, so home about the time I hit the hay, and I didn't have to drive anywhere! ;-)
    [] Definitely different with the clouds. Keen to see how people went with the long exposures as I didn't do any of those.
    [] Thanks!
    [] I'm going to have to find a new location soon - can't hold all the star-trails courses at this one tree. Variety is the spice of life after all.
  • SkattyKat said:
    Hey - glad you finally had a successful Star trails workshop ...
    This looks like it was taken in the middle of the day !!
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    Hi David ... I would like to know how long was the exposure for this picture, the f stops and ISO. Excellent picture, very well done ...
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  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks Kath - took some scheduling, but we finally got there. Of course, less clouds would have been nice.
    A full moon definitely lends a lot of light to the scene.
  • dtmateojr said:
    this one looks nice. all my attempts at doing this have failed. will try harder
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    stunning, Dave
  • Nguoi Binh Duong said:
    Excellent !
  • valentino * said:
    bella fotografia
  • David de Groot said:
    [] thanks!
  • Ultimate Photographer said:
    I like the clouds and planes as well, they add real depth and interest to the photo. The colours are so vivid. Cool shot!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks. I wasn't a big fan of the clouds, but that's what we had that evening.
  • ©ĦŘĺς ΛΨŁЩΛŘĐ - said:
    superb shot! how did the green come out so colourfull on the grass?
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Light-painting :)
  • franc34 said:
    magnifique !
  • gaborcsapo said:
  • Diana Michaels said:
    Beautiful strar trail, and excellent shot :)
    Now I can really say "Heaven Gracious"!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks :) The clouds went a bit funny with the stacking method though.
  • Trish Wilson said:
    Gorgeous star trail David . What a beautiful final image
  • Shahab Ghalambor said:
    Well done!