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Hello Steve Perry,
As others have said before me....Fantastic work. I have checked out Sylvania OH. You are only 4.5 hours west of me along the highway. The light pollution around Toledo OH. must be the same as we get here in my area in Ontario.
I am on the flight path to the airport in Toronto so it is impossible to try to eliminate the jet trails.
It wont be too long 'til the birds will be returning to Lake Erie then we can fire up our long glass again.
Regards
Jim



Feb 14, 2013 at 02:38 PM
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p.5 #2 · p.5 #2 · Silent Stargazers


Thanks again to everyone for the nice comments

@Jim - Wow, small world huh? Yeah, light pollution around here makes it nearly impossible to get anything good - but not much in the way of cool foregrounds anyway. Looking forward to wildlife, but my 500 is in the shop for a squeezing AF-S motor. Should be better than new when it comes back though



Feb 14, 2013 at 04:01 PM
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p.5 #3 · p.5 #3 · Silent Stargazers


Stunning! how i wish i could shot that kind of picture you've got here.


Feb 16, 2013 at 03:08 PM
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Spectacular shot! I'd say you were successful.

Kristine



Feb 16, 2013 at 04:54 PM
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I can't remember if I commented on this or not, but this is stunning! This is the look I am going for but I have zero clue how to combine the exposures for the sunset colors and the stars. I'd really appreciate any tips if anyone wants to send me some.


Feb 16, 2013 at 06:21 PM
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This is an incredible photograph; inspiring, haunting but not frightening and with an other-world feel. Can't say enough nice words about it except thank you for going to the trouble of taking it and for sharing it with us. Wow, just so awesome.


Feb 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM
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p.5 #7 · p.5 #7 · Silent Stargazers


Thanks again for all the positive comments and feedback I can't wait to get out and give it another go - I have a few shots already planned, now just need to time to get there and do 'em.


Feb 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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Great capture! So in doing something like this, have you pieced together two different shots, one forground and one sky? I've never used a star tracking device, but if you were tracking stars for time exposure (for their movement), then I'm assuming you have to do another exposure of the forground elements without star tracking so they aren't blurred. Is this the technique here, two exposures blended together in post?


Feb 23, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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robert61 wrote:
Great capture! So in doing something like this, have you pieced together two different shots, one forground and one sky? I've never used a star tracking device, but if you were tracking stars for time exposure (for their movement), then I'm assuming you have to do another exposure of the forground elements without star tracking so they aren't blurred. Is this the technique here, two exposures blended together in post?


Yes, that's the way I did it. The first is a twilight / moonlight shot, then the stars from the same angle later on.



Feb 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM
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Wow Steve - well done!


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p.5 #11 · p.5 #11 · Silent Stargazers


Very beautiful.
Cheers
Volker



Feb 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM
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p.5 #12 · p.5 #12 · Silent Stargazers


Great shot...but 4 min exposure @1600 ISO? how is this not a black image?


Feb 24, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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Wonderful!


Feb 24, 2013 at 04:09 PM
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Steve - I want to add my own praise for a great capture. As someone who also owns an Astrotrac I can only sat that I wish my efforts (especially in the early part of my learning curve) even approached something this spectacular. You've shared lots of good info in this thread as well, so thank you much!

Fantastic.

Doug



Feb 25, 2013 at 08:32 PM
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p.5 #15 · p.5 #15 · Silent Stargazers


Wow. what a great shot. if that's your first can't wait to see others. One thing that caught my attention is that the canyon in the lower part is so bright on my screen that it doesn't quite correlate with the star brightness. It may be just my inexperience in doing / looking at star shots, but my brain keep going to that issue. was the canyon shot done at the same time?

Mostly curious because it's a great shot. good work!!



Feb 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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Awesome! Perfect blend of sky and foreground - what a scene!


Feb 25, 2013 at 10:24 PM
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p.5 #17 · p.5 #17 · Silent Stargazers


Thanks agin for all the nice comments. Fred had me write up an article about the astro trac and my experiences with it if anyone wants more info:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/astrotrac/

@mal223 - with the tracking device, you have to do two exposures. The canyon was shot by a dark mix of twilight and moonlight then blended with the stars. I messed around with the foreground quite a bit and kind of came to a balance with the luminosity in the image I posted. I did try both darker and lighter, but I liked the way this compromise looked. But hey, you never know, I may change my mind one day



Feb 26, 2013 at 01:09 AM
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p.5 #18 · p.5 #18 · Silent Stargazers


Thanks Steve. Wonderful imagination, just goes to prove it's the photographer not the camera. Great job.


Feb 26, 2013 at 03:20 AM
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p.5 #19 · p.5 #19 · Silent Stargazers


From down South-- We have very poor seeing as a rule and don't have the low temps. You did a spectacular job of using all of your resources to produce a magnificent shot.


Feb 26, 2013 at 04:13 AM
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Beautiful image! Tough to work at -20* temperatures, but it paid off


Feb 26, 2013 at 04:28 AM
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