Tree Star-trails

160 x 30sec exposures combined with Startrails.exe. Didn't turn out bad at all.

View all photos taken: Monday, 11th May 2009, This photo: 9:41pm

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  • [ Kane ] said:
  • [Jezza] said:
  • mitchell burns said:
    nice one!, how come you took s many 30sec exposures, why not just do one big one?
  • accesser said:
    Cool very much worth the effort
  • [ Kane ] said:
    The longer you expose the more ambient light you get, meaning you get less and lighter stars, combining the shots allows for a much better shot, as you can see ;)
  • Garry' said:
    That is an inspiring result indeed. Considering the current moon phase and your location I think it's an absolutely awesome achievement David.
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Not bad at all sir! But brilliant!
  • mitchell burns said:
    thanks Kane... it must of been a still night, the tree is still quite sharp !
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah not a bad use for all those frames... ;-)
    Thanks :)
    Well I wasn't actually shooting startrails as such. All those shots have another purpose, but this is a handy use for the leftovers ;-)
    Danke :) Although sitting in the car in the dark for 2 hours in the cold is less than exciting.
    That too ;-)
    Thanks Garry - I chose the moon phase for this as I wanted enough light for the foreground, although it was challenging framing far enough away from the moon's glow.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Tim :)
    The tree, is dead after all, so quite stiff, but yeah, there was only the slightest breeze.
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Wow man... what do you mean... this turned out incredible!!!??
    It looks like that tree is juggling stars!! :)
  • mitchell burns said:
    ah OK, oh and another thing, did u have to set up every shot, or did u just tell you camera to take 160 photos, at 30sec one after each other???
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Paul :) I have other uses for the excessive frame count, but that will become apparent soon enough (project in progress as such).
    I have a timer remote - I just set the camera to Bulb mode, set the aperture, focus, iso, etc, and then tell the remote to shoot for 30 secs, delay for 15 and do that 160 times.
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    great stuff. when i saw the thumbnail i thought it was another video
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    OMG, did you do all those exposures. Must have I guess. Well I Faved it mate - Love it!!!
  • dadajax said:
    Amazing shot, very nice composition and colors. Good work ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep - although I had some help from Mr Timer-Remote :)
  • David de Groot said:
    That will come in time Greg ;-) (that was the reason for all the frames to start with).
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Who cares - still a great image David.
  • Simon Diete said:
    This is fantastic David. I have tried and failed at star trails so many times it's not funny.
    A great all round photo well done David :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Can't complain ;-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Simon. They're not too hard if you pick the right night and this stacking method definitely produces a cleaner image, that's for sure.
  • Chad Solomon said:
    wow masterpiece
  • SkattyKat said:
    great shot David
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Chad :)
    It'll do Kat, it'll do ;-)
  • jaclyn_teh2000 said:
    wow..nice stuff...
  • samuelanwar said:
    so very well done ...brilliant n excellent.......
  • Peter Hegarty said:
    Nice Dave, but why not one 80 minute exposure instead :)
  • gTarded said:
  • Ross_M said:
    Great outcome Dave. Did you shoot JPEG or Raw. 160 Raw files being processed at once would send my PC into orbit!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    'cause I wasn't there to take star trails ? :P And a longer exposure introduces more noise.
    Shot in sraw2 (5Mpx raw), then cropped to 16:9 ratio and exported to 1280 wide jpeg. I've used the jpegs to create this shot, but could redo from the raws at a higher res if needed.
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Well done Dave, this is fantastic.
  • Mitch Lahey said:
    Wow, amazingly captured startrail. I bet you love the startrail program!
  • *clarabelle* said:
    Fantastic star trail and great composition with the tree in the centre.
  • *clarabelle* said:
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  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    Dave, when you stacked these, what did you use to overlay the pics? Just "lighten"?
  • Peter Hegarty said:
    Hi Dave, are you back at work?
  • David de Groot said:
    @Nicole - Thanks Nic :)
    @Mitch - sure is handy.
    @clarabelle - thanks :)
    @Andrew - not photoshop - there was no way I was changing transparencies on 160 layers by hand ;-) This is done with a little program called Startrails.exe (google should bring it up), which I ran in an VM as it's a windows program.
    @Pete - Yep, still working, at least until the end of June - after that, who knows ?
  • bachamp said:
    Nicelly done, I might have to give that a go.
  • David de Groot said:
    Takes a while to get enough shots, but it comes out ok ;-)
  • accesser said:
    How did you go with battery time ? use a grip with 2X battery's ?
  • David de Groot said:
    I was going to put both batteries in, but forgot. So had a single battery in the grip - camera reports it's now at 35% capacity, so I guess it chewed through 60% of one battery.
  • dr.r.lam said:
    Simply unbelievable!!!!
  • argyleu308 said:
    Nice shot, I made it a fave.
  • Out_and_About said:
    Wow - great effort with excellent results!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks ;)
    Not bad eh Michelle :)
  • frednaut said:
  • David de Groot said:
    :-) Thanks Geoff.
  • whoops vision said:
    amazing David ......
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • -Bennie- said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Hey! Been a wee busy lately Bennie ?
  • -Bennie- said:
    David de Groot just a touch..... :-)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    rather nifty ;o)
  • David de Groot said:
    Pretty cool eh ? :)
  • andrew katic said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Not bad for a couple of hours sitting in the car in the dark listening to the radio.
  • Vince  said: